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disharmony

Pronunciation: dis-har'mo-ne

Definition:

  1. The state of being deranged or lacking in orderliness.
  2. In a complex sound, the absence of a mathematical relationship among the frequencies of the fundamental tone and its overtones so that the frequencies of the overtones are not whole-number multiples or partials of the frequency of the fundamental tone. The auditory effect has a noisy or unpleasant quality, as opposed to music.
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