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monochord

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noun mono·chord \ˈmä-nə-ˌkȯrd\

Definition of monochord

  1. :  an instrument of ancient origin for measuring and demonstrating the mathematical relations of musical tones and that consists of a single string stretched over a sound box and a movable bridge set on a graduated scale



Origin and Etymology of monochord

Middle English monocorde, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin monochordum, from Greek monochordon, from mon- + chordē string — more at yarn


First Known Use: 15th century


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monochord

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noun mono·chord \ˈmän-ə-ˌkȯ(ə)rd\

Medical Definition of monochord

  1. :  an instrument that has been used to test hearing acuity and that consists of a single string stretched over a sounding board and a movable bridge set on a graduated scale




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