broken chord

noun Music. Unabridged


[ahr-pej-ee-oh, -pej-oh]
noun, plural arpeggios. Music.
the sounding of the notes of a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously.
a chord thus sounded.
Also called broken chord.

1735–45; < Italian: literally, a harping, noun derivative of arpeggi(are) to play on the harp (< Germanic; compare Old English hearpi(g)an to harp)

arpeggiated, arpeggioed, adjective Unabridged
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arpeggio (ɑːˈpɛdʒɪəʊ)
n , pl -gios
1.  a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
2.  an ascending and descending figuration used in practising the piano, voice, etc
[C18: from Italian, from arpeggiare to perform on the harp, from arpaharp]

broken chord
music a chord played as an arpeggio

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1742, from It., from arpeggiare "to play upon the harp," from arpa "harp."
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