What does harmonic mean?

Definitions for harmonichɑrˈmɒn ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harmonic(noun)

    a tone that is a component of a complex sound

  2. harmonic(adj)

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

  3. harmonic(adj)

    of or relating to harmony as distinct from melody and rhythm

    "subtleties of harmonic change and tonality"- Ralph Hill

  4. harmonic(adj)

    of or relating to harmonics

  5. harmonic(adj)

    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, sympathetic(adj)

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

    "sympathetic vibration"

  7. consonant, harmonic, harmonical, harmonized, harmonised(adj)

    involving or characterized by harmony


  1. harmonic(Noun)

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

  2. harmonic(Adjective)

    pertaining to harmony

  3. harmonic(Adjective)

    pleasant to hear; harmonious; melodious

  4. harmonic(Adjective)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harmonic(adj)

    alt. of Harmonical

  2. Harmonic(noun)

    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.

Anagrams for harmonic »

  1. choirman, chromian


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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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