timbre

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timbre

the characteristic quality of a sound: The timbre of his voice was unique.
Not to be confused with:
timber – wood, especially when suitable for building purposes: Stack the timber next to the house.

tim·bre

 (tăm′bər, tĭm′-)
n.
1. The combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume.
2. Distinctive character: the timbre of the painter's work.

[French, from Old French, drum, clapperless bell, probably from Medieval Greek *timbanon, drum, from Greek tumpanon, kettledrum.]

timbre

(ˈtɪmbə; ˈtæmbə; French tɛ̃brə)
n
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics the distinctive tone quality differentiating one vowel or sonant from another
2. (Music, other) music tone colour or quality of sound, esp a specific type of tone colour
[C19: from French: note of a bell, from Old French: drum, from Medieval Greek timbanon, from Greek tumpanon drum]

tim•bre

(ˈtæm bər, ˈtɪm-; Fr. ˈtɛ̃ brə)

n.
1. the characteristic quality of a sound, independent of pitch and loudness, depending on the number and relative strengths of its component frequencies, as determined by resonance.
2. the characteristic quality of sound produced by a particular instrument or voice; tone color.
[1325–75; Middle English tymbre < French: sound (orig. of bell), Middle French: bell, timbrel, drum, Old French: drum « Medieval Greek tímbanon, variant of Greek týmpanon drum]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.timbre - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)timbre - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
sound property - an attribute of sound
harmonic - any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
resonance - the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities
coloration, colouration, color, colour - the timbre of a musical sound; "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
nasality - a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators
plangency, reverberance, sonority, sonorousness, vibrancy, ringing, resonance - having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
stridence, stridency, shrillness - having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound
register - (music) the timbre that is characteristic of a certain range and manner of production of the human voice or of different pipe organ stops or of different musical instruments
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

timbre

noun tone, sound, ring, resonance, colour, tonality, tone colour, quality of sound His voice had a deep timbre.

timbre

noun
A sound of distinct pitch and quality:
Translations

timbre

[ˈtæmbrə] N (Mus) [of instrument, voice] → timbre m

timbre

[ˈtæmbər] ntimbre m

timbre

, (US) timber
nTimbre nt; (Phon) → Tonqualität f

timbre

[ˈtɪmbəʳ] ntimbro
References in classic literature ?
The man could not rightly understand: he thought himself deaf; said so, and heard his own voice, although it had an unfamiliar quality that almost alarmed him; it disappointed his ear's expectancy in the matter of timbre and resonance.
Likewise the timbre left his voice, making it sound lonely.
It was from Akut--a sudden, low growl, no louder than those he had been giving vent to the while he pranced about the dead bull, nor half so loud in fact; but of a timbre that bore straight to the perceptive faculties of the jungle beast ingrained in Korak.
Her voice, with its unfeminine yet exquisite timbre, was steady, and she spoke quickly, frank, unembarrassed.
With a penchant for odd timbres (the pizzicato strings on "The Life" sound like Greek restaurant ambience) and stripped down beats, musically Fault stays in step with trendsetters like Missy Elliott and the Neptunes.
It produces a wide range of timbres and allows for different modes of execution, depending cm the type of music desired.
[beaucoup moins que] Le salon se veut une tribune dont le but est de presenter les nouveaux timbres emis dans les pays arabes et favoriser l'echange d'expertises et d'avis dans ce domaine qui exige des competences et un savoir-faire dans diverses specialites [beaucoup plus grand que], a souligne la ministre de la Poste et des Technologies de l'information et de la communication, Zohra Derdouri, qui etait accompagnee du directeur general d'Algerie Poste, Mohand Laid Mahloul.
Yet the timbres and words Givens hangs upon these frameworks seem even more jarring in such stark settings.
Carrot-headed creatures and cock-suckers; vaginal openings and malicious doings; empty rooms filled with sunlight, dancing djinni smoke, and tiny mythic beings on pedestals; men, women, bodies dreamt from realms where there is no use for gender: capturing both the surreality and irreality of life in timbres of sunrise and sunset, Clemente is in silent conversation with himself about what it means to give form in paint to the ferocity and tenderness of the imagination.
Ces timbres poste representent respectivement des pieces d'art prehistorique, en l'occurrence, [beaucoup moins que] un char au galop volant [beaucoup plus grand que] en provenance de Tamadjert [beaucoup moins que] Tassili N'Aadjer [beaucoup plus grand que], [beaucoup moins que] une tete de belier [beaucoup plus grand que], en provenance de Tamentit, dans la wilaya d'Adrar, et [beaucoup moins que] un betyle anthropomorphe [beaucoup plus grand que], de Tabelbalet [beaucoup plus grand que], a Tassili N'Ajjer.