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Definition meaning that is implied or implicit, but not stated

More rarely, overtone can refer to a subtle quality as in a "white pearls with a blue overtone." In music, overtone references a harmonic frequency that is an even multiple of another frequency.
  • overtones of despair
  • a political overtone to her scientific analysis
  • The tyrannosaur roared again, but this time it had distinct musical overtones, and a kind of echo, persisting afterward.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • An element of indifference is the ultimate overtone.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • His behavior carried ominous overtones.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Panov had agreed to provide the appropriate psychiatric terminology with the correct Washington overtones.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The words, which carried such lyrical and mythological and dramatic overtones, were real and actual—their hearer repeated them to me.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • Put together all the right overtones at the right power levels so it'd come out like a violin.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • And as his mother bent down to kiss him— "Keep out of mischief," the barest overtone hardened his father's voice.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • The departure of six carloads of lettuce packed in ice was given a civic overtone.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Then applause filled the hall again, some of it not without satiric overtones.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Open crates, and overtones of urine.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • He was listening with pain of spirit to the overtone of weariness behind their frail fresh innocent voices.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I can imagine a scenario where Salander and the Chinese girl are running some sort of escort service with SM overtones.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • But she says this with such flirtatious overtones that I can hardly wait to return to the past.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I even pitched my voice to a low plane, trying to rob it of any suggestion or overtone of aggressiveness.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Then the thought came to me, with dark, more than informational overtones to it: there is a dolphin skeleton in the next room.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Fainter traces came to his nose as the overtones of a bell sound in a trained ear.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • It was a thick voice, with something in it—a kind of whistling overtone—that struck me as peculiar; but the English accent was strangely good.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • One of my purposes was to listen, to hear speech, accent, speech rhythms, overtones, and emphasis.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley

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