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o·ver·tone

 (ō′vər-tōn′)
n.
1. An ulterior, usually implicit meaning or quality; an implication or a hint: an overtone of anger barely masked; praise with overtones of envy.
2. See harmonic.

overtone

(ˈəʊvəˌtəʊn)
n
1. (often plural) additional meaning or nuance: overtones of despair.
2. (Classical Music) music acoustics any of the tones, with the exception of the fundamental, that constitute a musical sound and contribute to its quality, each having a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency. See also harmonic7, partial6

o•ver•tone

(ˈoʊ vərˌtoʊn)

n.
1. an acoustical frequency that is higher than and simultaneous with the fundamental in a complex musical tone.
2. an additional, usu. implicit meaning or quality.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.overtone - (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality; "overtones of despair"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
2.overtone - a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
harmonic - a tone that is a component of a complex sound

overtone

noun (often plural) connotation, association, suggestion, sense, hint, flavour, implication, significance, nuance, colouring, innuendo, undercurrent, intimation a powerful story, with religious overtones
Translations

overtone

[ˈəʊvətəʊn] N
1. (= hint, element) a speech with a hostile overtoneun discurso con cierto tono hostil
the strike has political overtonesla huelga tiene un trasfondo político
a play with religious overtonesuna obra con connotaciones religiosas
a wine with citrus overtonesun vino con un cierto sabor cítrico
2. (= connotation) [of word, phrase] → connotación f
3. (= insinuation) → insinuación f
his behaviour was full of sexual overtonesno paraba de insinuarse
4. (Mus) → armónico m

overtone

n
(Mus) → Oberton m
(fig)Unterton m; political overtonespolitische Untertöne pl; what are the precise overtones of this word?was klingt bei diesem Wort alles mit?

overtone

[ˈəʊvəˌtəʊn] n
a. often pl (fig) → sfumatura
b. (Mus) overtones nplarmoniche fpl superiori, ipertoni mpl
References in classic literature ?
Her appreciation of the ridiculous was keen, and in all things she unerringly saw and felt, where it existed, the touch of sham, the overshading, the overtone.
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PT: Well, the title of her painting was Fall, and an overtone is a reverberation, like an afterimage in music.
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