What does harmonic mean?

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hɑrˈmɒn ɪkhar·mon·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harmonicnoun

    a tone that is a component of a complex sound

  2. harmonicadjective

    any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental

  3. harmonicadjective

    of or relating to harmony as distinct from melody and rhythm

    "subtleties of harmonic change and tonality"- Ralph Hill

  4. harmonicadjective

    of or relating to harmonics

  5. harmonicadjective

    of or relating to the branch of acoustics that studies the composition of musical sounds

    "the sound of the resonating cavity cannot be the only determinant of the harmonic response"

  6. harmonic, sympatheticadjective

    relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body

    "sympathetic vibration"

  7. consonant, harmonic, harmonical, harmonized, harmonisedadjective

    involving or characterized by harmony


  1. harmonicnoun

    a component frequency of the signal of a wave that is an integer multiple of the fundamental frequency

  2. harmonicadjective

    pertaining to harmony

  3. harmonicadjective

    pleasant to hear; harmonious; melodious

  4. harmonicadjective

    attribute of many mathematical entities that only in few cases are obviously related

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harmonicadjective

    alt. of Harmonical

  2. Harmonicnoun

    a musical note produced by a number of vibrations which is a multiple of the number producing some other; an overtone. See Harmonics


  1. Harmonic

    A harmonic of a wave is a component frequency of the signal that is an integer multiple of the fundamental frequency, i.e. if the fundamental frequency is f, the harmonics have frequencies 2f, 3f, 4f, . . . etc. The harmonics have the property that they are all periodic at the fundamental frequency, therefore the sum of harmonics is also periodic at that frequency. Harmonic frequencies are equally spaced by the width of the fundamental frequency and can be found by repeatedly adding that frequency. For example, if the fundamental frequency is 25 Hz, the frequencies of the next harmonics are: 50 Hz, 75 Hz, 100 Hz etc.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harmonic

    -al, har-mon′ik, -al, adj. pertaining to harmony: musical: concordant: recurring periodically.—n. a secondary tone, overtone; a note on a stringed instrument produced by lightly stopping a string: (math.) one of a class of functions that enter into the development of the potential of a nearly spherical mass due to its attraction.—adv. Harmon′ically.—n.pl. Harmon′ics, used as sing. the science of harmony or of musical sounds—as pl. consonances, the component sounds included in what appears to the ear to be a single sound.—adj. Harmō′nious, having harmony: symmetrical, congruous: concordant.—adv. Harmō′niously.—ns. Harmō′niousness; Harmonisā′tion.—v.i. Har′monīse, to be in harmony: to agree.—v.t. to make in harmony: to cause to agree: (mus.) to provide parts to.—ns. Harmonīs′er; Har′monist, one skilled in harmony: a musical composer.—Harmonic engine, an invention of Edison's, in which the energy of an electric current is used, by means of two small electro-magnets, to keep up the vibrations of a large and heavily-weighted tuning-fork whose arms are connected with two pistons working a miniature pump; Harmonic progression, a series of numbers the reciprocals of which are in arithmetical progression; Harmonic proportion, the relation of three quantities in harmonic progression—the 2d a harmonic mean between the 1st and 3d, as in the three numbers 2, 3, and 6; Harmonic triad, the common chord.

Editors Contribution

  1. Harmonic

    A radio frequency multiplied one or more times.

    Submitted by JP03 on October 22, 2014  

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  1. choirman, chromian

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harmonic in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harmonic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of harmonic in a Sentence

  1. Ry Cooder:

    A microphone has a certain range. It's not as good as your ears, but it will capture an enclosed space, the harmonic content in a room. Nice old tube mikes do that pretty well. And that's a good sound.

  2. Limpsync:

    A physicist might argue that music is the harmonic resonance of our soul & the string theory of our hearts.

  3. Professor Karsten Koenig:

    We use femtosecond laser pulses. We scan the skin and we get signals from the skin, particularly fluorescence, as well as another signal called second harmonic generation. So with these two signals we can build up images and get a precise look into the skin with a high resolution. The resolution is a factor of one thousand (times) better than ultrasound. So now you get the information without taking biopsies; normally you slice them, you stain them, and then a pathologist would look through these sections. Now you can get this information in seconds, labor free and with this fantastic resolution.

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