Chord

Definition of Chord

Pronunciation: kôrd
n.1.The string of a musical instrument.
2.(Mus.) A combination of tones simultaneously performed, producing more or less perfect harmony, as, the common chord.
3.(Geom.) A right line uniting the extremities of the arc of a circle or curve.
4.(Anat.) A cord. See Cord, n., 4.
5.(Engin.) The upper or lower part of a truss, usually horizontal, resisting compression or tension.
Accidental, Common,
See under Accidental, Common, and Vocal.
Chord of an arch
See Illust. of Arch.
Chord of curvature
a chord drawn from any point of a curve, in the circle of curvature for that point.
Scale of chords
See Scale.
v. t.1.To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune.
[imp. & p. p. Chorded; p. pr. & vb. n. Chording.]
When Jubal struck the chorded shell.
- Dryden.
Even the solitary old pine tree chords his harp.
- Beecher.
v. i.1.(Mus.) To accord; to harmonize together; as, this note chords with that.

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