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chord1

[kawrd] /kɔrd/
noun
1.
a feeling or emotion:
His story struck a chord of pity in the listeners.
2.
Geometry. the line segment between two points on a given curve.
3.
Engineering, Building Trades. a principal member of a truss extending from end to end, usually one of a pair of such members, more or less parallel and connected by a web composed of various compression and tension members.
4.
Aeronautics. a straight line joining the trailing and leading edges of an airfoil section.
5.
Anatomy, cord (def 6).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin chorda < Greek chordḗ gut, string; replacing cord in senses given
Related forms
chorded, adjective

chord2

[kawrd] /kɔrd/
noun
1.
a combination of usually three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously.
verb (used with object)
2.
to establish or play a chord or chords for (a particular harmony or song); harmonize or voice:
How would you chord that in B flat?
Origin
1350-1400; earlier cord, Middle English, short for accord; ch- from chord1
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Examples from the web for chord
  • There's punk, any simple chord progression played faster than mid-tempo with aggression and hoarse vocals.
  • Seldom does a planned joke at the outset of a presentation to a strange audience strike the right chord.
  • It should strike a responsive chord in the viewer and portray one or more individuals experiencing the beauty or wonder of nature.
  • Stem cells are also available from the placenta of new born babies and the chord blood.
  • As an actor, everything has to come out of you somewhere-otherwise it doesn't strike a chord in viewers.
  • All these factors should be taken into consideration when choosing an extension chord.
  • By some ineffable cause, agriculture seems to strike a resonating chord in the weirdo neuron cluster of the brain.
  • Fret the strings and strum across the bottom of the screen to play a chord.
  • But the idea struck a chord outside the biological sphere.
  • The helix struck a responsive chord in so many people because it suggested that the secret of life is something you can look at.
British Dictionary definitions for chord

chord1

/kɔːd/
noun
1.
(maths)
  1. a straight line connecting two points on a curve or curved surface
  2. the line segment lying between two points of intersection of a straight line and a curve or curved surface
2.
(engineering) one of the principal members of a truss, esp one that lies along the top or the bottom
3.
(anatomy) a variant spelling of cord
4.
an emotional response, esp one of sympathy: the story struck the right chord
5.
an imaginary straight line joining the leading edge and the trailing edge of an aerofoil
6.
(archaic) the string of a musical instrument
Derived Forms
chorded, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē gut, string; see cord

chord2

/kɔːd/
noun
1.
the simultaneous sounding of a group of musical notes, usually three or more in number See concord (sense 4), discord (sense 3)
verb
2.
(transitive) to provide (a melodic line) with chords
Derived Forms
chordal, adjective
Word Origin
C15: short for accord; spelling influenced by chord1
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Word Origin and History for chord
n.

"related notes in music," 1590s, ultimately a shortening of accord (or borrowed from a similar development in French) and influenced by Latin chorda "catgut, a string" of a musical instrument (see cord (n.)). Spelling with an -h- first recorded c.1600, from confusion with chord (n.2). Originally two notes; of three or more from 18c.

"structure in animals resembling a string," 1540s, alteration of cord (n.), by influence of Greek khorde "gut-string, string of a lyre, tripe," from PIE *ghere- "gut, entrail" (see yarn). The geometry sense is from 1550s; meaning "feeling, emotion" first attested 1784.

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chord in Medicine

chord (kôrd)
n.
Variant of cord.

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chord in Science
chord
  (kôrd)   
  1. A line segment that joins two points on a curve.

  2. A straight line connecting the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil.


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chord in Culture

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In music, the sound of three or more notes played at the same time. The history of Western music is marked by an increase in complexity of the chords composers use.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chord

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pink chord


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Idioms and Phrases with chord

chord

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