Definition of Chord

1. Noun. A straight line connecting two points on a curve.

Generic synonyms: Straight Line

2. Verb. Play chords on (a string instrument).
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Play

3. Noun. A combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together.
Generic synonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone
Specialized synonyms: Arpeggio, Sforzando, Common Chord, Triad, Seventh Chord
Derivative terms: Chordal

4. Verb. Bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing.
Exact synonyms: Harmonise, Harmonize
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Key
Derivative terms: Harmonisation, Harmonisation, Harmonization, Harmonization

Definition of Chord

1. n. The string of a musical instrument.

2. v. t. To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune.

3. v. i. To accord; to harmonize together; as, this note chords with that.

Definition of Chord

1. Noun. (context: music) In music, a combination of any three or more notes sounded simultaneously. ¹

2. Noun. (geometry) A straight line between two points of a curve. ¹

3. Noun. (context: engineering) A horizontal member of a truss. ¹

4. Noun. (context: aeronautics) The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) A keyboard shortcut that involves two or more distinct keypresses, such as Ctrl+M followed by P. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To write chords for. ¹

7. Verb. (music) To accord; to harmonize together. ¹

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Definition of Chord

1. to play a chord (a combination of three or more musical tones) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chord

choral ode
chorale prelude
chord (current term)
chord progression
chord progressions
chorda dorsalis
chorda magna
chorda obliqua
chorda saliva
chorda spinalis
chorda tympani nerve
chorda umbilicalis
chorda vertebralis

Literary usage of Chord

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann von Helmholtz (1912)
"In a major chord с + el - g, we may regard both g and el as constituents of the 5J compound ... + Hence the major chord c + el-g is completely unambiguous, ..."

2. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"A chord that is found on the dominant of the key in which the music is written. ... chord fundamental. A chord consisting of the fundamental tone with its ..."

3. Advanced Ear-training and Sight-singing as Applied to the Study of Harmony by George Anson Wedge (1922)
"The next tone is the third, the next the fifth, the next the seventh, the next the ninth of the chord. Each tone is named from its interval-relationship to ..."

4. A Manual of Harmony by Salomon Jadassohn (1893)
"The authentic close is formed by the succession of the dominant chord — either as a triad or chord of the seventh — and the tonic triad, the dominant chord ..."

5. A System of Harmony: Founded on Key Relationship, by Means of which a by Hugh Archibald Clarke, Homer Albert Norris (1903)
"A dominant seventh chord may resolve to the dominant seventh of either of the five ... Move from each inversion of the chord of the dominant seventh on G, ..."

6. The Theory and Practice of Modern Framed Structures, Designed for the Use of by John Butler Johnson, Charles Walter Bryan, Frederick Eugene Turneaure, William Spaulding Kinne (1910)
"The curved-chord Pratt as illustrated above is the most common form of ... In the deck-truss the upper chord is horizontal and the lower, chord curved. ..."

7. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"The purlin connection for joint c, and for the other top chord joints, has been designed in Art. 155, and is shown in Fig. 184. As shown in Fig. ..."

8. A Treatise on Conic Sections: Containing an Account of Some of the Most by George Salmon (1904)
"Since each normal bisects the angle between the focal radii, the intersection of normals at the extremities of a focal chord is the centre of the circle ..."

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