American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ulterior, usually implicit meaning or quality; an implication or a hint. Often used in the plural: an overtone of anger barely masked; praise with overtones of envy.
- n. See harmonic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a harmonic. See harmonic, n., 1.
- n. physics, music A tone whose frequency is an integer multiple of another; a harmonic
- n. An implicit meaning, as opposed to a hidden meaning or undertone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) One of the harmonics faintly heard with and at a higher frequency than a fundamental tone as it dies away, produced by some aliquot portion of the vibrating sting or column of air which yields the fundamental tone; one of the natural harmonic scale of tones, as the octave, twelfth, fifteenth, etc.; an aliquot or “partial” tone; a harmonic. See harmonic, and tone.
- n. (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality
- n. a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
- over + tone, from German Oberton. (Wiktionary)
“As such it gradually lost its pejorative overtone, so that both to Jews themselves and to sympathetic gentiles, it sometimes seemed preferable to 'Jew' as a racial term.”
“The movie's unmistakable, though largely tacit theme is homosexuality in the full, unliberated postwar sense of the word - Matthew Parris said that its clenched pejorative overtone is traditionally conveyed with the long vowels fastidiously drawn out: hoa-moa-sexuality.”
“Edit we can linguistically deconstruct “evolve” into “e” (out) and “volve” (roll or turn with a kind of overtone of fold).”
“This word "overtone" is used unscientifically by many.”
“Harmonics • An 'overtone' is a partial (a \ "partial wave\" or \ "constituent frequency\") that can be either a harmonic or an inharmonic.”
“We certainly are" came a voice from the shortest of the cabal members, with a kind of overtone of 'there's strength in numbers' - or was it 'the more the merrier'?”
“Though many on the ground in the struggle against the Shah were leftists and other secular democratic forces -- some of whom organized important strikes, demonstrations, and other actions independently from the religious hierarchy -- the religious overtone of the demonstrations was apparent in the slogans, communiqués, banners, graffiti, and other means throughout the 13-month struggle that led to the Shah's overthrow in February 1979.”
“Though many on the ground in the struggle against the Shah were leftists and other secular democratic forces -- some of whom organized important strikes, demonstrations, and other actions independently from the religious hierarchy -- the religious overtone of the demonstrations was apparent in the slogans, communiquÃ©s, banners, graffiti, and other means throughout the 13-month struggle that led to the Shah's overthrow in February 1979.”
“I wrote it in a supernatural setting with a satirical overtone.”
“It has to do with the kind of visual overtone that emanates from the work of certain photographers who have managed to gain access into this level of performance within the medium.”
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I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. --Walt Whitman
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