harmonics

[ hahr-mon-iks ]
/ hɑrˈmɒn ɪks /

noun Music.

(used with a singular verb) the science of musical sounds.
(used with a plural verb) the partials or overtones of a fundamental tone.Compare overtone (def. 1).
(used with a plural verb) the flageoletlike tones of a string, as a violin string, made to vibrate so as to bring out an overtone.

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Origin of harmonics

First recorded in 1700–10; see origin at harmonic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for harmonics

harmonics
/ (hɑːˈmɒnɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the science of musical sounds and their acoustic properties
(functioning as plural) the overtones of a fundamental note, as produced by lightly touching the string of a stringed instrument at one of its node points while playingSee harmonic (def. 6)
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