- 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
- the distribution of chords throughout a piece of harmony
- the intonation of a group of instruments or voices
- 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 chording
"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 chording
see strike a chord.