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Meaning of harmonic

har•mon•ic

Pronunciation: (här-mon'ik), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to harmony, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
  2. marked by harmony; in harmony; concordant; consonant.
  3. of, pertaining to, or noting a series of oscillations in which each oscillation has a frequency that is an integral multiple of the same basic frequency.
    1. (of a set of values) related in a manner analogous to the frequencies of tones that are consonant.
    2. capable of being represented by sine and cosine functions.
    3. (of a function) satisfying the Laplace equation.
—n.
  1. overtone (def. 1).
  2. a single oscillation whose frequency is an integral multiple of the fundamental frequency.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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