Chord meaning

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Harmony, as of color.
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To produce by playing musical chords; harmonize.

Chord a melody.

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(archaic) The string of a musical instrument.
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To play chords on.

Chorded the piano.

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(music) To play chords.

She chorded up and down the neck of the guitar.

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A line segment that joins two points on a curve.
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An emotional feeling or response.

Her words struck a sympathetic chord in her audience.

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(archaic) The string of a musical instrument.
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A feeling or emotion thought of as being played on like the string of a harp.

To strike a sympathetic chord.

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(engineering) A principal horizontal member in a rigid framework, as of a bridge.
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(geom.) A straight line segment joining any two points on an arc, curve, or circumference.
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(music) A combination of three or more tones sounded together in harmony.
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To harmonize.
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To play chords on (a piano, guitar, etc.)
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A line segment that joins two points on a curve.
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A straight line connecting the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil.
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​(music) In music, a combination of any three or more notes sounded simultaneously.
  • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 14, Crime out of Mind.
    He struck the opening chords of the passage; but this time Irene's voice was silent. Victor stopped in the middle of an arpeggio.
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(geometry) A straight line between two points of a curve.
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(engineering) A horizontal member of a truss.
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(aeronautics) The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.
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(computing) A keyboard shortcut that involves two or more distinct keypresses, such as Ctrl+M followed by P.
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The string of a musical instrument.

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(anatomy) A cord.
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To write chords for.
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(music) To accord; to harmonize together.

This note chords with that one.

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To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune.
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The definition of a chord is a group of musical notes, usually three or more notes, played together to create harmony.

The musical notes A, C and E played together simultaneously is an example of a chord.

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(music) A combination of three or more pitches sounded simultaneously.
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A straight line connecting the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil.
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Origin of chord

  • Alteration (influenced by chord musical instrument string) of Middle English cord from accord agreement from Old French acorde from acorder to agree accord

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of cord

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin chorda (“cord”), from Ancient Greek (Doric) χορδά (khorda), (Ionic) χορδή (khordē, “string of gut, the string of a lyre”)

    From Wiktionary