Historical an early acoustic instrument having a single string and a movable bridge set on a graduated scale: later used as a device for determining musical intervals mathematically
Origin of monochordMiddle English monocorde ; from Middle French ; from Late Latin monochordon ; from Gr: see mono- and amp; chord
An acoustic instrument consisting of a sounding box with one string and a movable bridge, used to study musical tones.
Origin of monochordMiddle English monocorde, from Old French, from Medieval Latin monochordum, from Greek monokhordon : mono-, mono- + khord&emacron;, string; see cord.
- A musical instrument for experimenting with the mathematical relations of musical sounds, consisting of a single string stretched between two bridges, one or both of which can be moved, and which stand upon a graduated rule for the purpose of changing and measuring the length of the part of the string between them.