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harmonic motion

noun, Physics.
periodic motion consisting of one or more vibratory motions that are symmetric about a region of equilibrium, as the motion of a vibrating string of a musical instrument.
Origin of harmonic motion
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
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  • When these two cams work in conjunction, we obtain all the possible degrees of harmonic motion.


    William H. Dooley
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harmonic motion

a periodic motion in which the displacement is symmetrical about a point or a periodic motion that is composed of such motions See also simple harmonic motion
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harmonic motion in Science
harmonic motion  
A periodic vibration, as of a violin string, in which the motions are symmetrical about a region of equilibrium. Such a vibration may have only one frequency and amplitude or may be a combination of two or more components called harmonics. Also called periodic motion.
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