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.
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
She changed tempo and what she called the chord variations.
He is good on paramusical minutiae – record contracts, PR, style subcultures – but shaky on music itself calling a chord progression a "march tempo".
Musical group Steel Train plays one chord from a song.
Needless to say, certain chord changes, tempi and melodies are destined to do the job.
While sound achieves an end-rhyme at line 40, "the clear universe of things around," the formal chord is already belated in the train of the triple chord of sound in the commotion of 30-34 about the phenomenon itself.
So, when a chord is struck, a skilful ear may distinguish one or many series of consonances, of which the number is as yet imperfectly known.
That subdominant-over-dominant IV-over-V sound (in chord symbols, either G11 (add9) or F/G) is one of the touchstones of gospel.
Is it like the way that a chord is made of notes and a note is made of vibrations sped up to a mathematically pleasing point which often is fast enough for us to no longer distinguish the actual frequency – the individual beats of vibrations with our own ears?
Some critics have said it's something called hard bop, which I don't understand that phrase, but I do feel that one of the things that I referred to earlier as a kind of a school, we certainly fairly learned harmony and what we call the chord changes and being able to improvise over these and with these chord changes, so that our improvised lines were fluid and, you know, were musical.
Well, not too long ago, a beer commercial seemed to strike a certain chord among us.