monochord

monochord

[mon-uh-kawrd]
noun
an acoustical instrument dating from antiquity, consisting of an oblong wooden sounding box, usually with a single string, used for the mathematical determination of musical intervals.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English monocorde < Medieval Latin monochordum < Greek monóchordon, noun use of neuter of monóchordos with one string. See mono-, chord1

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monochord (ˈmɒnəʊˌkɔːd)
 
n
Also called: sonometer an instrument employed in acoustic analysis or investigation, consisting usually of one string stretched over a resonator of wood
 
[C15: from Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek monokhordon, from mono- + khordē string]

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monochord

musical instrument consisting of a single string stretched over a calibrated sound box and having a movable bridge. The string was held in place over the properly positioned bridge with one hand and plucked with a plectrum held in the other

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