Definition for harmonics (2 of 2)
- (of a set of values) related in a manner analogous to the frequencies of tones that are consonant.
- capable of being represented by sine and cosine functions.
- (of a function) satisfying the Laplace equation.
Origin of harmonic
Examples from the Web for harmonics
A first study of these distributions recalls the harmonics encountered in acoustics; but the difference is great.
The majority of students have trouble with their harmonics, because they do not practice them in this way.Violin Mastery|Frederick H. Martens
His compositions abound with novel combinations; double stops, harmonics, and arpeggios are displayed with wonderful results.The Violin|George Hart
There he sat scratching his head and then the violin, the very picture of perplexity, trying to solve the mystery of harmonics.Ole Bull|Sara C. Bull
Strike either body or soul—that is to say, effect either a physical or a mental change, and the harmonics of the other sound.Luck or Cunning|Samuel Butler
British Dictionary definitions for harmonics (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for harmonics (2 of 2)
- capable of expression in the form of sine and cosine functions
- of or relating to numbers whose reciprocals form an arithmetic progression
Word Origin for harmonic
Word Origin and History for harmonics (1 of 2)
1560s, "relating to music;" earlier (c.1500) armonical "tuneful, harmonious," from Latin harmonicus, from Greek harmonikos "harmonic, musical, skilled in music," from harmonia (see harmony). Meaning "relating to harmony" is from 1660s. The noun, short for harmionic tone, is recorded from 1777.