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Fundamental vs. Overtone

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Fundamentalnoun

(usually plural) A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article, which serves as the groundwork of a system; an essential part

‘one of the fundamentals of linear algebra’;

Overtonenoun

A tone whose frequency is an integer multiple of another; a member of the harmonic series

Fundamentalnoun

(physics) The lowest frequency of a periodic waveform.

Overtonenoun

An implicit message (in a film, book, verbal discussion or similar) perceived as overwhelming the explicit message. See undertone.

Fundamentalnoun

(music) The lowest partial of a complex tone.

Overtonenoun

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.

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Fundamentaladjective

Pertaining to the foundation or basis; serving for the foundation.

Overtonenoun

(usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality;

‘overtones of despair’;

Fundamentaladjective

Essential, as an element, principle, or law; important; original; elementary.

‘a fundamental truth;’; ‘a fundamental axiom’; ‘A need for belonging seems fundamental to humans.’;

Overtonenoun

a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency

Fundamentaladjective

Pertaining to the foundation or basis; serving for the foundation.

‘The fundamental reasons of this war.’; ‘Some fundamental antithesis in nature.’;

Overtone

An overtone is any frequency greater than the fundamental frequency of a sound. In other words, overtones are higher pitches resulting from the lowest note or fundamental.

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Fundamentalnoun

A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article, which serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part, as, the fundamentals of the Christian faith.

Fundamentalnoun

the lowest tone of a harmonic series

Fundamentaladjective

serving as an essential component;

‘a cardinal rule’; ‘the central cause of the problem’; ‘an example that was fundamental to the argument’; ‘computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure’;

Fundamentaladjective

being or involving basic facts or principles;

‘the fundamental laws of the universe’; ‘a fundamental incompatibility between them’; ‘these rudimentary truths’; ‘underlying principles’;

Fundamentaladjective

far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something;

‘the fundamental revolution in human values that has occurred’; ‘the book underwent fundamental changes’; ‘committed the fundamental error of confusing spending with extravagance’; ‘profound social changes’;

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