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English Dictionary: harmonic by the DICT Development Group
4 results for harmonic
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. of or relating to harmony as distinct from melody and rhythm; "subtleties of harmonic change and tonality"- Ralph Hill
    Antonym(s): nonharmonic
  2. of or relating to harmonics
  3. of or relating to the branch of acoustics that studies the composition of musical sounds; "the sound of the resonating cavity cannot be the only determinant of the harmonic response"
  4. relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body; "sympathetic vibration"
    Synonym(s): harmonic, sympathetic
  5. involving or characterized by harmony
    Synonym(s): consonant, harmonic, harmonical, harmonized, harmonised
  1. a tone that is a component of a complex sound
  2. any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Harmonic \Har*mon"ic\, Harmonical \Har*mon"ic*al\, a. [L.
      harmonicus, Gr. [?]; cf. F. harmonique. See {Harmony}.]
      1. Concordant; musical; consonant; as, harmonic sounds.
                     Harmonic twang! of leather, horn, and brass. --Pope.
      2. (Mus.) 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.
      3. (Math.) Having relations or properties bearing some
            resemblance to those of musical consonances; -- said of
            certain numbers, ratios, proportions, points, lines.
            motions, and the like.
      {Harmonic interval} (Mus.), the distance between two notes of
            a chord, or two consonant notes.
      {Harmonical mean} (Arith. & Alg.), certain relations of
            numbers and quantities, which bear an analogy to musical
      {Harmonic motion},

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   the motion of the point A, of the foot of the perpendicular PA,
   when P moves uniformly in the circumference of a circle, and PA
   is drawn perpendicularly upon a fixed diameter of the circle.
   This is simple harmonic motion. The combinations, in any way, of
   two more simple harmonic motions, make other kinds of harmonic
   motion. The motion of the pendulum bob of a clock is
   approximately simple harmonic motion.
      {Harmonic proportion}. See under {Proportion}.
      {Harmonic series} [or] {progression}. See under
      {Spherical harmonic analysis}, a mathematical method,
            sometimes referred to as that of Laplace's Coefficients,
            which has for its object the expression of an arbitrary,
            periodic function of two independent variables, in the
            proper form for a large class of physical problems,
            involving arbitrary data, over a spherical surface, and
            the deduction of solutions for every point of space. The
            functions employed in this method are called spherical
            harmonic functions. --Thomson & Tait.
      {Harmonic suture} (Anat.), an articulation by simple
            apposition of comparatively smooth surfaces or edges, as
            between the two superior maxillary bones in man; -- called
            also {harmonic}, and {harmony}.
      {Harmonic triad} (Mus.), the chord of a note with its third
            and fifth; the common chord.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Harmonic \Har*mon"ic\, n. (Mus.)
      A musical note produced by a number of vibrations which is a
      multiple of the number producing some other; an overtone. See
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