What does chord mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chordnoun

    a straight line connecting two points on a curve

  2. chordverb

    a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together

  3. chordverb

    play chords on (a string instrument)

  4. harmonize, harmonise, chordverb

    bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing


  1. chordnoun

    In music, a combination of any three or more notes sounded simultaneously.

  2. chordnoun

    A straight line between two points of a curve.

  3. chordnoun

    A horizontal member of a truss.

  4. chordnoun

    The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.

  5. chordnoun

    A keyboard shortcut that involves two or more distinct keypresses, such as Ctrl+M followed by P.

  6. chordverb

    To write chords for.

  7. chordverb

    To accord; to harmonize together.

    This note chords with that one.

  8. Etymology: From Latin chorda, from (Doric) χορδά, (Ionic) χορδή

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHORDnoun

    Etymology: chorda, Lat.

    Who mov’d
    Their stops and chords, was seen; his volant touch
    Instinct thro’ all proportions, low and high,
    Fled, and pursu’d transverse the resonant fugue. John Milton, P. L.

  2. To Chordverb

    To furnish with strings or chords; to string.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    What passion cannot musick raise and quell?
    When Jubal struck the chorded shell,
    His list’ning brethren stood around. Dryden.


  1. chord

    In music, a chord is a group of two or more notes that are played together, creating a harmonious sound. It often serves as the harmony to the main melody in a piece of music. In geometry, a chord is a line segment that connects two points on a curve, circle, or any other geometric shape. In a circle, it is a straight line segment whose endpoints both lie on the circle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chordnoun

    the string of a musical instrument

  2. Chordnoun

    a combination of tones simultaneously performed, producing more or less perfect harmony, as, the common chord

  3. Chordnoun

    a right line uniting the extremities of the arc of a circle or curve

  4. Chordnoun

    a cord. See Cord, n., 4

  5. Chordnoun

    the upper or lower part of a truss, usually horizontal, resisting compression or tension

  6. Chordverb

    to provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune

  7. Chordverb

    to accord; to harmonize together; as, this note chords with that

  8. Etymology: [L chorda a gut, a string made of a gut, Gr. chordh`. In the sense of a string or small rope, in general, it is written cord. See Cord.]


  1. Chord

    A chord in music is any harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously. These need not actually be played together: arpeggios and broken chords may for many practical and theoretical purposes be understood as chords. Chords and sequences of chords are frequently used in modern Western, West African and Oceanian music, whereas they are absent from the music of many other parts of the world. The most frequently encountered chords are triads, so called because they consist of three distinct notes: further notes may be added to give seventh chords, extended chords, or added tone chords. The most common chords are the major and minor triads and then the augmented and diminished triads. The descriptions "major", "minor", "augmented" and "diminished" are sometimes referred to collectively as chordal "quality". Chords are also commonly classed by their root note so, for instance, the chord C Major may be described as a triad of major quality built upon the note C. Chords may also be classified by inversion, the order in which their notes are stacked. However, since the structural meaning of a chord depends exclusively upon the degree of the scale on which it is built, chords are usually analysed by numbering them, using Roman numerals, upwards from the key-note. Common ways of notating or representing chords in western music other than conventional staff notation include Roman numerals, figured bass, macro symbols, and various systems of symbols and notations such as are typically found in the lead sheets, fake books and chord charts used in popular music to lay out the harmonic groundplan of a piece so that the musician may improvise, "jam", "vamp", "busk" or "head arrange" a part.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chord

    kord, n. (mus.) the simultaneous and harmonious union of sounds of a different pitch.—The Common chord is a note with its third and perfect fifth reckoned upwards. [Formed from Accord.]

  2. Chord

    kord, n. the string of a musical instrument: (fig.) of the emotions: (geom.) a straight line joining the extremities of an arc: a straight line joining any two points in the curve of a circle, ellipse, &c. [L. chorda—Gr. chordē, an intestine.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. chord

    In geometry, is a line which joins the extremities of any arc of a circle.

Suggested Resources

  1. Chord

    Chord vs. Cord -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Chord and Cord.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHORD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chord is ranked #109258 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chord surname appeared 162 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Chord.

    91.9% or 149 total occurrences were White.
    4.3% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chord' in Nouns Frequency: #2991

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chord in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chord in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of chord in a Sentence

  1. Haley Toumaian:

    I am a true crime podcaster, and when I heard about Gabby’s case I knew I needed to use my research to look into it, when I heard about her, it struck a chord with me because I am similar in age to her, also a YouTuber, am engaged… we have a lot of similarities. The first video I posted I was just trying to get the very early info out there to my about 170,000 followers at the time, just in case anyone knew anything about it.

  2. Stanley Pierre-Louis:

    Games are striking an important chord with American culture, that's what makes it the leading form of entertainment today.

  3. Albert Camus:

    The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.

  4. Japanese Proverb:

    After victory, tighten your helmet chord.

  5. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

    Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

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