from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to harmony.
- adj. Pleasing to the ear: harmonic orchestral effects.
- adj. Characterized by harmony: a harmonic liturgical chant.
- adj. Of or relating to harmonics.
- adj. Integrated in nature.
- n. Any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental tone.
- n. A tone produced on a stringed instrument by lightly touching an open or stopped vibrating string at a given fraction of its length so that both segments vibrate. Also called overtone, partial, partial tone.
- n. The theory or study of the physical properties and characteristics of musical sound.
- n. Physics A wave whose frequency is a whole-number multiple of that of another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. pertaining to harmony
- adj. pleasant to hear; harmonious; melodious
- adj. attribute of many mathematical entities that only in few cases are obviously related
- n. a component frequency of the signal of a wave that is an integer multiple of the fundamental frequency
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Concordant; musical; consonant.
- adj. Relating to harmony, -- as melodic relates to melody; harmonious; esp., relating to the accessory sounds or overtones which accompany the predominant and apparent single tone of any string or sonorous body.
- adj. Having relations or properties bearing some resemblance to those of musical consonances; -- said of certain numbers, ratios, proportions, points, lines, motions, and the like.
- n. A musical note produced by a number of vibrations which is a multiple of the number producing some other; an overtone. See harmonics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to harmony of sounds; of or pertaining to music; in general, concordant; consonant; in music, specifically, pertaining to harmony, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
- In acoustics, noting the secondary tones which accompany the primary tone in a complex musical tone. See II., 1.
- In mathematics, involving or of the nature of the harmonic mean; similar to or constructed upon the principle of the harmonic curve.
- In anatomy, forming or formed by a harmonia: as, a harmonic articulation or suture.
- Also harmonical.
- In music, the analysis of the harmonic structure of a piece.
- The amplification of a harmonic passage by the introduction of passing-notes, etc.
- n. In acoustics: A secondary or collateral tone involved in a primary or fundamental tone, and produced by the partial vibration of the body of which the complete vibration gives the primary tone.
- n. A harmonic tone.
- In function theory, two pairs of points, one pair the intersections of a circle about with a circle through the other pair.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body
- adj. of or relating to the branch of acoustics that studies the composition of musical sounds
- adj. of or relating to harmony as distinct from melody and rhythm
- n. a tone that is a component of a complex sound
- n. any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
- adj. of or relating to harmonics
- adj. involving or characterized by harmony
The term harmonic function was coined by him around 1850 for solutions of the
And so what I talk to people about is creating a life of what I call harmonic wealth.
The fifth partial is known as the fourth harmonic, because with harmonics, the fundamental is not counted (which makes the term harmonic less practical to use).
I don't really get much better quality in harmonic analysis than the latter.
Carl's finally seen enough of the before/after to realize that when it's fear talking, it'll just keep going in harmonic motion unless I'm distracted.
Speech and singing also contain harmonic frequencies, multiples of the fundamental frequency: two times the fundamental frequency, three times, four times and so on.
The name harmonic may come from the fact that one such harmonic sequence is 2 1 4 1 1 1 1, and if one takes guitar 1 3 1 5 6 7 8 strings of these relative lengths and strums them together, a harmonious sound results.
So if a trumpet plays a "C", you're hearing a C, then the first harmonic, which is another C an octave up, and then the second harmonic which is a G, and an E, and a B flat ... on and on.
Others of a more "new agey" bent have called on me to attend something called a "harmonic convergence" back in the 1980s, and now we have aficionados of a "Mayan Calendar" and other supposed traditions naming the new year 2012 as THE time for... well, something.
But when the earth shakes back and forth in the direction, the buildings can't handle it and especially buildings that might get what is called harmonic motion.