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See also: harmònic


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From Latin harmonicus, from Ancient Greek ἁρμονικός (harmonikós), from ἁρμονία (harmonía, harmony).


  • IPA(key): /hɑː(ɹ)ˈmɒnɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒnɪk


harmonic (comparative more harmonic, superlative most harmonic)

  1. Pertaining to harmony.
  2. Pleasant to hear; harmonious; melodious.
  3. (mathematics) Used to characterize various mathematical entities or relationships supposed to bear some resemblance to musical consonance.
    The harmonic polar line of an inflection point of a cubic curve is the component of the polar conic other than the tangent line.
  4. Recurring periodically.
  5. (phonology) Exhibiting or applying constraints on what vowels (e.g. front/back vowels only) may be found near each other and sometimes in the entire word.
  6. (Australianist linguistics) Of or relating to a generation an even number of generations distant from a particular person.
    • 1966, Kenneth Hale, Kinship Reflections in Syntax: Some Australian languages:
      A person is harmonic with respect to members of his own generation and with respect to members of all even-numbered generations counting away from his own (e.g., his grandparents' generation, his grandchildren's generation, etc.).

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harmonic (plural harmonics)

  1. (physics) A component frequency of the signal of a wave that is an integer multiple of the fundamental frequency.
  2. (music) The place where, on a bowed string instrument, a note in the harmonic series of a particular string can be played without the fundamental present.
  3. (mathematics) One of a class of functions that enter into the development of the potential of a nearly spherical mass due to its attraction.
  4. (CB radio slang) One's child.
    • 1967, CQ: the Radio Amateur's Journal, volume 23, numbers 7-12, page 140:
      Games for the harmonics, (children), YL's and XYL's and the OM's, plus free soda for all.
    • 1988, Amateur Radio, volume 44, numbers 1-6, page 38:
      The harmonics (kids, I mean) sometimes failed to recognize me on the rare occasions when I emerged from the shack []