chord 2[kawrd] 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?
- the distribution of chords throughout a piece of harmony
- the intonation of a group of instruments or voices
chord 1 noun
- 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
Derived Formschorded, adjectiveWord Origin for chord C16: from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē gut, string; see cord chord 2 noun
- the simultaneous sounding of a group of musical notes, usually three or more in numberSee concord (def. 4), discord (def. 3)
- (tr) to provide (a melodic line) with chords
Derived Formschordal, adjectiveWord Origin for chord C15: short for accord; spelling influenced by chord 1 Word Origin and History for chording chord 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.
“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.
chording in Medicine chord [kôrd] n.
- Variant ofcord
chording in Science chord [kôrd]
- A line segment that joins two points on a curve.
- A straight line connecting the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil.
chording in Culture 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.
Idioms and Phrases with chording chord
see strike a chord.