chord1 / kôrd/ •
n. a group of (typically three or more) notes sounded together, as a basis of harmony: a G major chord.•
v. [intr.] [usu. as n.] (chording) play, sing, or arrange notes in chords.DERIVATIVES: chord·al / ˈkôrdl/ adj.chord2 •
n. 1. Math. a straight line joining the ends of an arc. ∎ Aeron. the width of an airfoil from leading to trailing edge. ∎ Engineering each of the two principal members of a truss.2. Anat. variant spelling of cord: spinal chord.3. poetic/lit. a string on a harp or other instrument.PHRASES: strike (or touch) a chord affect or stir someone's emotions. [ORIGIN: with figurative reference to the emotions being the ‘strings’ of the mind visualized as a musical instrument.]
Straight line joining two points on an arc.2.
Span of an arch.3.
Diameter of an apse
or a semicircular arch.4.
Principal member of a truss
, usually one of a pair extending along the top and bottom. 5.
Lower straight part of a Belfast
In music, the simultaneous occurrence of three or more musical tones of different pitch. Chords are categorized as anomalous, characteristic, common, inverted or transient. See also harmony
†tendon; line joining extremities of an arc XVI; string of musical instrument. refash. of CORD
, after L. chorda
†harmony XV; (mus.) concord, note of a chord XVI; combination in harmony of simultaneous notes XVIII. orig. cord
, aphetic of ACCORD
Any simultaneous combination of notes, but usually of not fewer than 3. The use of chords is the basic foundation of harmony.