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The second overtone requires three nodes, as in Fig. 137, 3.

When the second overtone is blown (Fig. 136, 3) a third node forms.

Kenmore, in the light of its past, sounds an overtone of romance.

“The pineapple ice is the twelfth overtone,” replied Mr. Dubbe.

Vincent kept silence, pondering every tone and overtone of the remark.

Impassioned it continued, and yet with the overtone of a great pity and tenderness now vibrating through it.

There was an overtone which suggested that it made little difference what impressions a captain of cavalry might have gained.

Their cooing notes are well known—a high-pitched "overtone," followed by several long bell-toned notes.

The string, considered as halved by one node, gives the first overtone, or octave of the fundamental.

When the first overtone is sounded the column divides itself into two vibrating parts.

WORD ORIGIN

1867, in literal sense, from over + tone (n.); a loan-translation of German Oberton, first used by German physicist Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (1821-1894) as a contraction of Overpartialton "upper partial tone." Figurative sense of "subtle implication" is from 1890, first attested in writings of William James.

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nounimplication
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