WORD ORIGIN 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 1350–1400;
cord, Middle English,
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British Dictionary definitions for chording noun music the distribution of chords throughout a piece of harmony the intonation of a group of instruments or voices 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 chorded, adjective Word Origin for chord
C16: from Latin
chorda, from Greek khordē gut, string; see cord verb (tr) to provide (a melodic line) with chords Derived Forms chordal, adjective Word Origin for chord
C15: short for
accord; spelling influenced by chord 1
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Word Origin and History for chording n.1
"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. n.2
"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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