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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin harmonicus, from Greek harmonikos, from harmoniā, harmony; see harmony.


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