Origin of timbreFr, timbre, earlier, sound of a bell from MFr, ball struck by a hammer from OFr, a kind of drum from Late Greek tymbanon from Classical Greek tympanon: see tympan
An example of timbre is the warm tone of Nat King Cole’s voice.
- The combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume.
- Distinctive character: the timbre of the painter's work.
Origin of timbreFrench from Old French drum, clapperless bell probably from Medieval Greek timbanon drum from Greek tumpanon kettledrum
timbre - Computer Definition
A quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another. For example, MIDI synthesizers are multi-timbral, meaning that they can play multiple instruments simultaneously.
- Hence we must put down the quality or timbre as depending on the form.
- The Scottish timbre is rarely wanting, even in places where scholastic or classical custom might have claimed, as in other literatures, an exclusive privilege.
- The accuracy and the paraphernalia are equally exemplified in all Wagner's additions and alterations of the classical orchestral scheme, for these all consist in completing the families of instruments so that each timbre can be presented pure in complete harmony.
- Timbre itself is, as Helmholtz shows, a kind of harmony felt but not heard.
- The only illogical point in his system is that the beauty of his dreamlike chords depends not only on his artful choice of a timbre that minimizes their harshness, but also on the fact that they enter the ear with the meaning they have acquired through centuries of harmonic evolution on classical lines.