chord 1 [ kawrd ] SHOW IPA / kɔrd / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON THE MANY TYPES OF NOUNS
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Origin of chord 1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin
gut, string; replacing
in senses given
OTHER WORDS FROM chord chorded, adjective Definition for chord (2 of 2) chord 2 [ kawrd ] SHOW IPA / kɔrd / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun 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 chord 2
Middle English, short for
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Example sentences from the Web for chord
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.
In this position, the line of cavalry formed the
chord of the arc described by the river, and occupied by us.
There is quite a little knack in letting the hand fall so, but when you have once got it, the
chord sounds much richer and fuller.
When she struck the
chord of G minor, it was the right preparation, and brought you immediately into the mood for what followed.
It produced comparatively little foundation tone and a powerful
chord of harmonics, many of them dissonant.
No drooping Clytie could be more constant than I to him who strikes the
chord that is responsive in my soul. British Dictionary definitions for chord (1 of 2) noun 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 sympathy the 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 Derived forms of chord chorded, adjective Word Origin for chord
C16: from Latin
chorda, from Greek khordē gut, string; see cord British Dictionary definitions for chord (2 of 2) verb (tr) to provide (a melodic line) with chords Derived forms of chord chordal, adjective Word Origin for chord
C15: short for
accord; spelling influenced by chord 1
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Medical definitions for chord (1 of 2) Medical definitions for chord (2 of 2)
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Scientific definitions for chord 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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Cultural definitions for chord
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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Idioms and Phrases with chord
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