harmonic

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See also: harmònic

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

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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. (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

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