Adjective "harmonic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or characterized by harmony.
  1. 'Like Michael Brecker, he's absorbed a lot of Coltrane but his harmonic language draws as much from funk and soul as much as jazz.'
  2. 'Debussy's supple rhythms and rich harmonic language, influenced in part by the ancient music of the Far East, became the ideal vehicle for painting a mood, no matter how complex or ephemeral.'
  3. 'You knew how to find just the right dreamlike quality for the music, whose harmonic language is neither tonal, nor modal, nor truly chromatic, but a little of all three at the same time.'
  4. 'If nothing else, this shows how thoroughly Rutkowski has absorbed Gershwin's melodic, harmonic, and keyboard habits.'
  5. 'In both the first and third movements I was often reminded of the toccata-like sections of Prokofiev's sonatas and concertos, though Lees' melodic and harmonic approaches are quite different.'
Relating to a harmonic progression.
  1. 'In addition to his work on set theory, Cohen has worked on differential equations and harmonic analysis.'
  2. 'Beurling worked on the theory of generalized functions, differential equations, harmonic analysis, Dirichlet series and potential theory.'
  3. 'It was not just to these areas that he contributed but, even more importantly, his work brought out fundamental relationships between the areas when he studied harmonic analysis on topological groups and characteristic classes.'
  4. 'According to classical electromagnetic theory, a charge rotating with a simple harmonic frequency should emit electromagnetic radiation of the same frequency.'
  5. 'His work in harmonic analysis has application in the theory of waves and vibrations.'
  6. 'Electromagnetic homing system using MWD and current having a fundamental wave component and an even harmonic wave component being injected at a target well'
Using or produced by the application of a harmonic.
  1. 'Kepler's new aspects were based upon harmonic theory and grounded in empirical observation of astrological effects.'
  2. 'But apparently - I've discussed this with some western astrologers - for the ninth harmonic you multiply it by nine, and divide it.'
  3. 'Even the untrained eye can easily discern the remarkable pattern in this chart, which is being called the harmonic concordance.'


An overtone accompanying a fundamental tone at a fixed interval, produced by vibration of a string, column of air, etc. in an exact fraction of its length.
  1. 'It is characteristic of the stretched string that the second harmonic has a frequency twice that of the fundamental; the third harmonic has a frequency three times that of the fundamental; and so forth.'
  2. 'The wavelength of the second harmonic is the length of the string.'
  3. 'In contrast, the gorgeous ‘Waltz with Heating’ is a performance of simple, restrained beauty built around bell like harmonics and rippling chords.'
  4. 'In György Ligeti's concerto, completed in 1992, the brass are asked to play in natural harmonics, thereby producing notes not included in the equal-tempered scale.'
  5. 'A key change to D major heralds solo passages for wind and piano, the Stravinskian texture of which is accentuated by the accompanying violin harmonics.'
A component frequency of an oscillation or wave.
  1. 'For example, spurious harmonics might result if pulses are transmitted in a fixed repetition modulation, or if too many pulses are sent out during a fixed interval of time.'
  2. 'By integrating this source with a delay line and a broadband, grazing-incidence toroidal mirror, the researchers generated odd phase-locked harmonics of the laser frequency up to very high orders.'
A division of the zodiacal circle by a specified number, used in the interpretation of a birth chart.
  1. 'Are you suggesting that harmonics, or any other astrological technique, is a life-denying fiction?'
  2. 'The idea that our list of aspects can be extended to include such angles is not new, although the modern technique of harmonics has formalized it.'
  3. 'If you look at a chart and think: ‘Oh, yes, the traditional method shows… but then midpoints and harmonics show… and then Vedic shows…,’ you will not get very far.'


1. pertaining to harmony, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.

2. marked by harmony; in harmony; concordant; consonant.

3. Physics. of, relating to, or noting a series of oscillations in which each oscillation has a frequency that is an integral multiple of the same basic frequency.

4. Mathematics. (of a set of values) related in a manner analogous to the frequencies of tones that are consonant. capable of being represented by sine and cosine functions. (of a function) satisfyi

More examples(as adjective)

"proportions can be harmonic on boards."

"series can be harmonic."

"distortions can be harmonic."

"systems can be harmonic."

"colours can be harmonic."

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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘relating to music, musical’): via Latin from Greek harmonikos, from harmonia (see harmony).