Definition of Timbre

1. Noun. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound). "The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"

Exact synonyms: Quality, Timber, Tone
Generic synonyms: Sound Property
Specialized synonyms: Harmonic, Resonance, Color, Coloration, Colour, Colouration, Nasality, Plangency, Resonance, Reverberance, Ringing, Sonority, Sonorousness, Vibrancy, Shrillness, Stridence, Stridency, Register
Category relationships: Music
Derivative terms: Tonal, Tone

Definition of Timbre

1. n. See 1st Timber.

2. n. The crest on a coat of arms.

Definition of Timbre

1. Noun. The quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Timbre

1. the quality given to a sound by its overtones [n -S] : TIMBRAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Timbre

1. The distinguishing quality of a sound, by which one may determine its source. Synonym: tone colour. Origin: Fr. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Timbre

timberling
timberlings
timberman
timbermen
timbers
timberwolf
timberwolves
timberwork
timberworks
timbery
timberyard
timberyards
timbo
timbos
timbral
timbre (current term)
timbrel
timbreless
timbrelist
timbrelists
timbrelled
timbrels
timbres
timbric
timbromania
timburine
timburines
time
time's arrow
time's up

Literary usage of Timbre

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Psychology of Musical Talent by Carl Emil Seashore (1919)
"timbre is nothing vague, but something which can be defined with precision and spoken of in exact terms, namely, the number and relative prominence of ..."

2. The Psychology of Musical Talent by Carl Emil Seashore (1919)
"timbre is nothing vague, but something which can be defined with precision and spoken of in exact terms, namely, the number and relative prominence of ..."

3. Hermann Von Helmholtz by Leo Koenigsberger (1906)
"On June 13, 1859, he writes to Ludwig that the necessary preliminary study of the motion of air in tubes had led him to a definite theory of timbre ..."

4. Human Physiology by Robley Dunglison (1841)
"timbre OR QUALITY OF THE VOICE. The vocal tube probably exerts great ... Such conditions, at least, appear to modify the timbre of our wind instruments. ..."

5. Essentials in Conducting by Karl Wilson Gehrkens (1919)
"CHAPTER VII INTERPRETATION IN CONDUCTING (Concluded) timbre, PHRASING, ... timbre or tone-quality is less important than either tempo or dynamics, ..."

6. Essentials in Conducting by Karl Wilson Gehrkens (1919)
"IMPORTANCE OF Having devoted considerable space to timbre IN discussing the two expressional ele- INTERPRETATION , , , • , ., ments for which the composer ..."

7. Human Physiology by Robley Dunglison (1850)
"timbre or Quality of Voice.. In the preliminary essay on sound, attached to the physiology of ... The same remark is applicable to the timbre of the voice. ..."

8. Human Psychology by Howard Crosby Warren (1919)
"Overtones and timbre. — When a single tone is sounded, it is usually ... The specific character of a clang due to its overtones is called its timbre. ..."

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