Overtone O"ver*tone`, n. [A translation of G. oberton. See {Over}, {Tone}.] (Mus.) One of the harmonics faintly heard with and at a higher frequency than a fundamental tone as it dies away, produced by some aliquot portion of the vibrating sting or column of air which yields the fundamental tone; one of the natural harmonic scale of tones, as the octave, twelfth, fifteenth, etc.; an aliquot or ``partial'' tone; a harmonic. See {Harmonic}, and {Tone}. --Tyndall. [1913 Webster]

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