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timbre

 [tam´ber] (Fr.)
the musical quality of a tone or sound.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

tim·bre

(tim'bĕr, tam'bĕr),
The distinguishing quality of a sound, by which one may determine its source, for example, type of musical instrument, voice of a person based principally on the distribution of overtones.
Synonym(s): tone color
[Fr.]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

tim·bre

(tam'bĕr, tămb[h])
The distinguishing quality of a sound, by which one may determine its source.
[Fr.]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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