noun: an integer that is an exact divisor of some quantity (4 is an aliquot part of 12)
noun: a part of a greater whole
adjective: signifying an exact divisor or factor of a quantity

There are properties or modes of vibration which can direct the component molecular vibrations of a mass to the neutral center of that mass. These modes of vibration are called "neutral attraction", "neutral affinity", "negative attraction" or "polar negative attraction." [MASS VIBRATIONS]

After vibrations the next thing is musical notes, the sounds produced by the vibrations falling into the ear. Sounds arise in association. There are no bare simple sounds in music; it is a thing full of the play of sympathy. Such a thing as a simple solitary sound would be felt as a strange thing in our ears, accustomed as we are to hear affiliated sounds only. These affiliated sounds, called "harmonics," or "partials" as they have also been called, because they are the parts of which the sound is made up, are like perspective in vision. In perspective the objects lying in the line of sight, seem smaller and smaller, and more dim and indefinite as they stretch away into the distance; while nearer objects and those in the foreground are apparently larger, and are more clearly seen. This is the way of a musical sound; one of its component elements, the fundamental partial, being, as it were, in the foreground to the ear, is large and pronounced; while the other elements are less distinctly heard, and are fainter and fainter as they recede into the musical distance in the perspective of the ear. Few have any idea of the number of these weaker partials of a musical sound. Tyndal's illustrations in his very instructive work on Sound show a string spontaneously divided into twenty segments, all vibrating separately, being divided by still nodes along its length; and a vibrating string will keep thus [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 58]

See Also

Figure 8.14 - Some Basic Waveforms and their constituent Aliquot Parts
Quantum Arithmetic
spectral component
vibration signature

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