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overtone

noun [C] uk   /ˈəʊ.və.təʊn/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ.toʊn/
[usually plural] something that is suggested, but is not clearly stated: The concert was supposed to be a charity event but it had strong political overtones. There was an overtone of regret in his farewell speech.
specialized physics, music a frequency of a sound that is higher than the fundamental (= the lowest normal frequency)
Translations of “overtone”
in Chinese (Traditional) 暗示, 弦外之音, 言外之意…
in Chinese (Simplified) 暗示, 弦外之音, 言外之意…
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