Monochord meaning

mŏnə-kôrd
An acoustic instrument consisting of a sounding box with one string and a movable bridge, used to study musical tones.
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(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.
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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.
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Origin of monochord

  • Middle English monocorde from Old French from Medieval Latin monochordum from Greek monokhordon mono- mono- khordē string cord

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

  • Latin monochordon. See chord.

    From Wiktionary