overtone overtone  /ˈoʊ vər ˌtoʊn/


  1. (n) (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality
  2. (n) a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency



  1. Once the male satisfactorily matches the female's overtone, mating commences.
  2. The riotous reason was really spring, and like a maenadic overtone sounded the shrill, feminine piping of Radcliffe girls, now virtually coeds at Harvard.



  1. "We felt the New World film was a missed opportunity," Dimension topper Bob Weinstein tells Variety. "If you read the short story, it's got such a strong feeling to it and there's this religious overtone to it as well. Ehren wants to hit it...
    on Sep 7, 2009 By: Bob Weinstein Source: FANGORIA (blog)

  2. ...the clip of the anonymous black man carrying the "assault rifle," but editing it so that one was not able to see the man's race, Contessa Brewer said: "But also there are questions whether this has a racial overtone. I mean here you have a...
    on Aug 20, 2009 By: Contessa Brewer Source: FOXNews

  3. Senator Specter said the inspector general's investigation was at best lax and at worst had the "overtone of a cover-up."
    on Dec 5, 2006 By: Arlen Specter Source: New York Times

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