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Meaning of harmonics

har•mon•ics

Pronunciation: (här-mon'iks), [key]
— n. Music.
  1. the science of musical sounds.
  2. the partials or overtones of a fundamental tone. Cf. overtone (def. 1).
  3. the flageoletlike tones of a string, as a violin string, made to vibrate so as to bring out an overtone.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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