2 [kawrd]
a combination of usually three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously.
verb (used with object)
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?

1350–1400; earlier cord, Middle English, short for accord; ch- from chord1 Unabridged
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chord1 (kɔːd)
1.  maths
 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 cord]

chord2 (kɔːd)
1.  concord See discord the simultaneous sounding of a group of musical notes, usually three or more in number
2.  (tr) to provide (a melodic line) with chords
[C15: short for accord; spelling influenced by chord1]

chording (ˈkɔːdɪŋ)
1.  the distribution of chords throughout a piece of harmony
2.  the intonation of a group of instruments or voices

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Word Origin & History

"related notes in music," 1597, aphetic of accord, infl. by L. chorda (see cord). Spelling with an -h- first recorded 1608.

"structure in animals resembling a string," 1540s, alteration of cord, by influence of Gk. khorde "gut, string." The geometry sense is from 1550s; meaning "feeling, emotion" first attested 1784.
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chord (kôrd)
Variant of cord.

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chord   (kôrd)  Pronunciation Key 
  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 definition

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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