|a. a straight line connecting two points on a curve or curved surface|
|b. 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|
|[C16: from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē gut, string; see |
Variant of cord.
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.