A FREQUENCY component in a SPECTRUM which is not an integer multiple of the FUNDAMENTAL, that is, it is an INHARMONIC overtone. However, in some texts, partial refers to both HARMONIC and inharmonic OVERTONEs. Bells, and other percussion instruments, have rich partials in their spectra.
Compare: FORMANT, SIDEBAND, SUBHARMONIC. See also: CRITICAL BAND, RESIDUE, TIMBRE, TONE, VOLUME.
Sound Example: Bronze gamelan instrument.Sound Example: Chinese tam-tam.
Sound Example: Large cathedral bell, Salzburg, Austria.