- 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.
- Anatomy. cord(def 6).
Origin of chord1
- a combination of usually three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously.
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle
December 6, 2014
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.
When I hear a note of music, can I not at once strike its chord?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
We two were wholly out of chord, be the fault whose it might.In the Valley
The doctor's name struck a chord and Crawford dug deep until it focused.The Second Voice
There was no chord in his nature that responded to such feelings; but he said nothing in reply.The Shadow of a Crime
And Gervasio's words touched in my mind some chord of memory.The Strolling Saint
- 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
- (tr) to provide (a melodic line) with chords
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.
- Variant ofcord
- A line segment that joins two points on a curve.
- A straight line connecting the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with chord
see strike a chord.