from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to harmony.
- adj. Pleasing to the ear: harmonic orchestral effects.
- adj. Characterized by harmony: a harmonic liturgical chant.
- adj. Of or relating to harmonics.
- adj. Integrated in nature.
- n. Any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental tone.
- n. A tone produced on a stringed instrument by lightly touching an open or stopped vibrating string at a given fraction of its length so that both segments vibrate. Also called overtone, partial, partial tone.
- n. The theory or study of the physical properties and characteristics of musical sound.
- n. Physics A wave whose frequency is a whole-number multiple of that of another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. pertaining to harmony
- adj. pleasant to hear; harmonious; melodious
- adj. attribute of many mathematical entities that only in few cases are obviously related
- n. a component frequency of the signal of a wave that is an integer multiple of the fundamental frequency
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Concordant; musical; consonant.
- adj. Relating to harmony, -- as melodic relates to melody; harmonious; esp., relating to the accessory sounds or overtones which accompany the predominant and apparent single tone of any string or sonorous body.
- adj. Having relations or properties bearing some resemblance to those of musical consonances; -- said of certain numbers, ratios, proportions, points, lines, motions, and the like.
- n. A musical note produced by a number of vibrations which is a multiple of the number producing some other; an overtone. See harmonics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to harmony of sounds; of or pertaining to music; in general, concordant; consonant; in music, specifically, pertaining to harmony, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
- In acoustics, noting the secondary tones which accompany the primary tone in a complex musical tone. See II., 1.
- In mathematics, involving or of the nature of the harmonic mean; similar to or constructed upon the principle of the harmonic curve.
- In anatomy, forming or formed by a harmonia: as, a harmonic articulation or suture.
- Also harmonical.
- In music, the analysis of the harmonic structure of a piece.
- The amplification of a harmonic passage by the introduction of passing-notes, etc.
- n. In acoustics: A secondary or collateral tone involved in a primary or fundamental tone, and produced by the partial vibration of the body of which the complete vibration gives the primary tone.
- n. A harmonic tone.
- In function theory, two pairs of points, one pair the intersections of a circle about with a circle through the other pair.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body
- adj. of or relating to the branch of acoustics that studies the composition of musical sounds
- adj. of or relating to harmony as distinct from melody and rhythm
- n. a tone that is a component of a complex sound
- n. any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
- adj. of or relating to harmonics
- adj. involving or characterized by harmony
Latin harmonicus, from Greek harmonikos, from harmoniā, harmony; see harmony.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)