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[Paul Erlich, private communication with Joe Monzo]

One of the pure tones that makes up a complex tone.

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[Joe Monzo]

"Partial" is the term generally preferred today by both scientists and music-theorists. An older term which is essentially synonymous and still found often is "overtone".

One thing to be aware of, especially in older German music-theory treatises, is that "overtones" are generally labeled beginning with the first partial above the fundamental -- the word "overtone" itself indicates that the fundamental is not an overtone. Thus:

In most acoustic musical instruments, the frequencies of the partials are integer multiples above the fundamental. This creates a harmonic series, and helps to reinforce the sensation of the fundamental pitch.

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