Chord (?), n. [L chorda a gut, a string made of a gut, Gr. . In the sense of a string or small rope, in general, it is written cord. See Cord.]


The string of a musical instrument.


2. Mus.

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

3. Geom.

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

4. Anat.

A cord. See Cord, n., 4.

5. Engin.

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


Accidental, Common, and Vocal chords. See under Accidental, Common, and Vocal. -- Chord of an arch. See Illust. of Arch. -- Chord of curvature, a chord drawn from any point of a curve, in the circle of curvature for that point. -- Scale of chords. See Scale.


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Chord, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chorded; p. pr. & vb. n. Chording.]

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

When Jubal struck the chorded shell. Dryden.

Even the solitary old pine tree chords his harp. Beecher.


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Chord, v. i. Mus.

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


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