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.
(1) This dominance is also observed in brass instruments, (2) hence the timbre of belt is often considered to be brass-like.
Varen Santos, 28; Uber driver Rudolf John Evangelista, 31; Rolando Santos, 52; Darwin Cruz, 38; and Rolando Timbre were arrested in a sting in Marikina.
"This is the first study to ask whether mothers also change the timbre of their voice, manipulating the kinds of features that differentiate musical instruments from one another."
MULTAN -- A labor was killed while two others sustained injuries when the roof of an under-construction furniture factory building collapsed in at Timbre Market here on Thursday.
The resonance board is one of the most important components of a piano and greatly affects the piano's timbre. The vibration properties of eight resonance boards made from Picea glehnii, Picea jezoensis, Picea spinulosa, and Picea sitchensis were analyzed using the spectrum analysis method of the fast Fourier transform following vibration theory.