timbre meaning

Pronunciation:   "timbre" in a sentence
Noun: timbre  tambu(r)
  1. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
    "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"
    - timber, quality, tone

Derived forms: timbres

Type of: sound property

Encyclopedia: Timbre

The quality that distinguishes the sound of one voice or instrument from that of another, largely because of harmonic content.

also tim·ber n : the quality given to a sound by its overtones: as
a : the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech sound
b : the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument — tim·bral adj


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  1. the size and the command timbre of gus's voice startled castor.
  2. "i was a fool," he said, finally, his voice low, without timbre.
  3. the timbre of the laryngeal sound stands out, and oral noise decrease.
  4. it was a loud, toneless sound that had the timbre of something stored inside for about six days.
  5. on touch of the keys of piano and representation of timbre

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