Overtone definition

ōvər-tōn
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An ulterior, usually implicit meaning or quality; an implication or a hint.

An overtone of anger barely masked; praise with overtones of envy.

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(acoustics, music) Any of the attendant higher tones heard with a fundamental tone produced by the vibration of a given string or column of air, having a frequency of vibration that is an exact multiple of the frequency of the fundamental.
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(physics, music) A tone whose frequency is an integer multiple of another; a harmonic.
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An implicit message (in a film, book, verbal discussion or similar) perceived as overwhelming the explicit message. See undertone.
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An implication; nuance.

A reply full of overtones.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
overtone
Plural:
overtones

Origin of overtone