Technology / Home Audio / Timbre: Pronounced 'tam-burr.' The quality of a sound related to its harmonic structure. Timbre is what gives a voice or instrument its sonic signature — for instance, why a trumpet and a saxophone sound different when they play the same note.

Other Words for Timbre

Timbre Noun Synonyms: tone (color or quality), tonality, color, resonance


Entertainment / Music / Timbrel: Ancient percussion instrument related to the tambourine. MORE

Timbre (Tone)

Technology / Television (TV) / Timbre (Tone): A characteristic of television sound referring to the tonal quality of a note and/or voice. MORE


Entertainment / Music / Oboe: A double-reed instrument made of wood with a nasal, 'reedy' timbre. The player blows directly into a double reed (two thin strips of cane bound together), setting them in vibration MORE


Science / Chemistry / Volume: 1. The amount of space an object takes up. 2. The amount of space a container can hold. The SI unit of volume is the cubic meter (m3); the liter is a popular unit of volume in chemistry. MORE


Entertainment / Music / Piccolo: The highest member of the orchestra, the piccolo is a little flute whose shrill timbre stands out against the full ensemble MORE

New Age

Entertainment / Music / New Age: Style of popular music of the 1980s and 1990s, characterized by soothing timbres and repetitive forms that are subjected to shifting variation techniques. MORE