a feeling or emotion: His story struck a chord of pity in the listeners.
Geometry. the line segment between two points on a given curve.
Engineering, Building Trades. a principal member of a truss extending from end to end, usually one of a pair of such members, more or less parallel and connected by a web composed of various compression and tension members.
Aeronautics. a straight line joining the trailing and leading edges of an airfoil section.
Origin of chord1
1350–1400; Middle EnglishRelated formschord·ed, adjective
< Latin chorda
< Greek chordḗ
gut, string; replacing cord
in senses given
a combination of usually three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously.
verb (used with object)
to establish or play a chord or chords for (a particular harmony or song); harmonize or voice: How would you chord that in B flat?
Origin of chord2
earlier cord, Middle English,
short for accord
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Contemporary Examples of chord
And the chord structure, for those of you who play an instrument, is unexpected and worth checking out.
The guitar is tuned to E, and an Eminor chord on a guitar just rings and rings forever.
It does strike a chord when you see just how victimizing some of the media reports can be of Africa.
But it is based on the chord structure of what I played before it, except that it was based on a diminished scale.
There were no longer any chord changes, and it was no longer a ballad.
Historical Examples of chord
When I hear a note of music, can I not at once strike its chord?
We two were wholly out of chord, be the fault whose it might.
The doctor's name struck a chord and Crawford dug deep until it focused.
There was no chord in his nature that responded to such feelings; but he said nothing in reply.
And Gervasio's words touched in my mind some chord of memory.
British Dictionary definitions for chord
Derived Formschorded, adjective maths
- a straight line connecting two points on a curve or curved surface
- the line segment lying between two points of intersection of a straight line and a curve or curved surface
engineering one of the principal members of a truss, esp one that lies along the top or the bottom
anatomy a variant spelling of cord
an emotional response, esp one of sympathythe story struck the right chord
an imaginary straight line joining the leading edge and the trailing edge of an aerofoil
archaic the string of a musical instrument
Word Origin for chord
C16: from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē gut, string; see cord
Derived Formschordal, adjective
(tr) to provide (a melodic line) with chords
Word Origin for chord
C15: short for accord; spelling influenced by chord 1
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Word Origin and History for chord
"related notes in music," 1590s, ultimately a shortening of accord (or borrowed from a similar development in French) and influenced by Latin chorda "catgut, a string" of a musical instrument (see cord (n.)). Spelling with an -h- first recorded c.1600, from confusion with chord (n.2). Originally two notes; of three or more from 18c.
"structure in animals resembling a string," 1540s, alteration of cord (n.), by influence of Greek khorde "gut-string, string of a lyre, tripe," from PIE *ghere- "gut, entrail" (see yarn). The geometry sense is from 1550s; meaning "feeling, emotion" first attested 1784.
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A line segment that joins two points on a curve.
A straight line connecting the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil.
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In music, the sound of three or more notes played at the same time. The history of Western music is marked by an increase in complexity of the chords composers use.
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