from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music A combination of three or more pitches sounded simultaneously.
  • n. Harmony, as of color.
  • intransitive v. To be in accord; agree.
  • intransitive v. Music To play chords on an instrument.
  • transitive v. Music To play chords on.
  • transitive v. To harmonize.
  • n. A line segment that joins two points on a curve.
  • n. A straight line connecting the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil.
  • n. Anatomy Variant of cord.
  • n. An emotional feeling or response: Her words struck a sympathetic chord in her audience.
  • n. Archaic The string of a musical instrument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In music, a combination of any three or more notes sounded simultaneously.
  • n. A straight line between two points of a curve.
  • n. A horizontal member of a truss.
  • n. The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.
  • n. A keyboard shortcut that involves two or more distinct keypresses, such as Ctrl+M followed by P.
  • v. To write chords for.
  • v. To accord; to harmonize together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The string of a musical instrument.
  • n. A combination of tones simultaneously performed, producing more or less perfect harmony, .
  • n. A right line uniting the extremities of the arc of a circle or curve.
  • n. A cord. See Cord, n., 4.
  • n. The upper or lower part of a truss, usually horizontal, resisting compression or tension.
  • intransitive v. To accord; to harmonize together.
  • transitive v. To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with chords or strings, as a musical instrument.
  • In music, to sound harmoniously or concordantly.
  • n. A string; a cord. Specifically —
  • n. The string of a musical instrument.
  • n. A musical tone.—
  • n. In music, the simultaneous sounding of three or more tones; specifically, the sounding of three or more tones that are concordant with one another.
  • n. Hence Harmony, as of color.
  • n. In geometry, a straight line intersecting a curve; that part of a straight line which is comprised between two of its intersections with a curve; specifically, the straight line joining the extremities of an arc of a circle.
  • n. A main horizontal member of a bridge-truss.
  • n. In anatomy, a cord; a chorda; especially, the notochord, or chorda dorsalis. See chorda.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. play chords on (a string instrument)
  • n. a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
  • v. bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing
  • n. a straight line connecting two points on a curve


Alteration (influenced by chord, musical instrument string) of Middle English cord, from accord, agreement, from Old French acorde, from acorder, to agree; see accord.
Alteration of cord.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin chorda ("cord"), from Ancient Greek (Doric) χορδά (khorda), (Ionic) χορδή (khordē, "string of gut, the string of a lyre") (Wiktionary)



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