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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But her natural timbre, phrasing tendencies and intuitive inflections suggest the comparison.
▪ He could only really recapture the timbre if he had laryngitis when the time came for shooting.
▪ He said he liked the timbre of my voice.
▪ His rich, dark timbre was chosen by 1,316 voters.
▪ It was interesting to note a complete change in the timbre and resonance when the bird moved to another song-perch.
▪ Much of the time, her voice is Strong and clear, changing in timbre and pitch to suit the meaning.
▪ My voice must have produced the words in different timbre.
▪ Trumpet players in dance bands possess many different sorts of mutes with a corresponding number of resultant timbres.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Timber \Tim"ber\, n. [Probably the same word as timber sort of wood; cf. Sw. timber, LG. timmer, MHG. zimber, G. zimmer, F. timbre, LL. timbrium. Cf. Timmer.] (Com.) A certain quantity of fur skins, as of martens, ermines, sables, etc., packed between boards; being in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty; -- called also timmer. [Written also timbre.]


Timber \Tim"ber\, n. [F. timbre. See Timbre.] (Her.) The crest on a coat of arms. [Written also timbre.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"characteristic quality of a musical sound," 1849, from French timbre "quality of a sound," earlier "sound of a bell," from Old French, "bell without a clapper," originally "small drum," probably via Medieval Greek *timbanon, from Greek tympanon "kettledrum" (see tympanum). Timbre was used in Old French (13c.) and Middle English (14c.) to render Latin tympanum in Ps. 150.


n. 1 The quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume. 2 (context heraldry English) The crest on a coat of arms.


n. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet" [syn: timber, quality, tone]


In music, timbre ( , also known as tone color or tone quality from psychoacoustics) is the quality of a musical note, sound, or tone that distinguishes different types of sound production, such as voices and musical instruments, string instruments, wind instruments, and percussion instruments. The physical characteristics of sound that determine the perception of timbre include spectrum and envelope.

In simple terms, timbre is what makes a particular musical sound different from another, even when they have the same pitch and loudness. For instance, it is the difference between a guitar and a piano playing the same note at the same volume. Both instruments can sound equally tuned in relation to each other as they play the same note, and while playing at the same amplitude level each instrument will still sound distinctively with its own unique tone color. Experienced musicians are able to distinguish between different instruments of the same type based on their varied timbres, even if those instruments are playing notes at the same pitch and loudness.

Timbre (album)

Timbre is the third album by American singer/songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). This album was re-released in 2001 with a bonus disc. One release has censored lyrics in "The Darkest Childe" and "Help Me Breathe".

Usage examples of "timbre".

He seemed to know what was coming--the monstrons burst of Walpurgis-rhythm in whose cosmic timbre would be concentrated all the primal, ultimate space-time seethings which lie behind the massed spheres of matter and sometimes break forth in measured reverberations that penetrate faintly to every layer of entity and give hideous significance throughout the worlds to certain dreaded periods.

Comme il avait completement tire un de ces tiroirs, il apercut une feuille de papier timbre, qui avait du glisser sous le tiroir.

He knew that the heart strings of Anna van Tuyl were one with this mighty sea of song, and that it took its ecstatic timbre from the reverberating volutes of that god-like mind.

The voice, of a smooth, oily timbre, as if the owner kept it well greased for purposes of amiable speech, was like an echo of the past, when jolly, irresponsible Baron de Batz, erst-while officer of the Guard in the service of the late King, and since then known to be the most inveterate conspirator for the restoration of the monarchy, used to amuse Marguerite by his vapid, senseless plans for the overthrow of the newly-risen power of the people.

From her thoughts, Brok learned she liked the deep timbre of his voice.

The concerti, the often flashy and tinselly pianoforte compositions of Liszt and Rubinstein were the immediate and surface result of that deeper sense of the instrument which arrived during the nineteenth century, and intoxicated folk with the piano timbres, and made them eager to hear its many voices in no matter how crude a form.

Webster, and when the artist heard the timbre of his voice, he was surprised to feel a wave of nostalgia for his old friend Four Bears, whose voice had resonated just like this.

The tone-poems of Debussy and the ballets of Ravel and Strawinsky, the scintillating orchestral compositions of Strauss and Rimsky and Bloch, could scarcely have come to be had not Berlioz called the attention of the world to the instruments in which the colors and timbres in which it is steeped, lie dormant.

The concerti, the often flashy and tinselly pianoforte compositions of Liszt and Rubinstein were the immediate and surface result of that deeper sense of the instrument which arrived during the nineteenth century, and intoxicated folk with the piano timbres, and made them eager to hear its many voices in no matter how crude a form.

The timbre of his voice was harsh and grating, yet it was a very interesting, even a seductive, voice, and, Domini thought, peculiarly full of vivid life, though not of energy.

Greg Wayfield hummed a few bars after a while and then began to sing the words, and I looked up from my fettucini in surprise because this was no geriatric disaster but a good true voice, gentle, virile and full of timbre.

The flows shown by dashed arrows represent raw information about individual harmonics and processed information about timbre being included in the inputs to cortical maps that process melody.

The three aspects that speech has in common with music are melody, rhythm and timbres with harmonic frequencies that are integral multiples of the fundamental frequency.

Music contains instruments other than the human voice, but where those instruments produce pitch values, the timbres of the instruments have characteristics analogous to the human voice, and in particular to human vowel sounds, because they have harmonic components whose frequencies are integral multiples of the fundamental frequency of the sound.

Of the timbre of the elves who had so delighted him in Fin Panir, but of opposite flavor, this magery mocked all he had admired.