In acoustics, what is the difference between a tone and a noise? I have been trying to find a definition of these terms. So far, the best I have come up with is
- A tone is a sound that can be described as linear combination of sine and cosine waves.
- A noise is a sound that is not a tone.
Does this definition make sense? I am uncertain if this definition of noise is too restrictive.
See here for a comparison between tone and noise. See here for where I found the comments on linear combinations.