noun (1)
\ ˈkȯrd \

Definition of chord 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously


chorded; chording; chords

Definition of chord (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : accord
2 : to play chords especially on a stringed instrument

transitive verb

1 : to make chords on
2 : harmonize


noun (2)

Definition of chord (Entry 3 of 3)

2 : a straight line segment joining and included between two points on a circle broadly : a straight line joining two points on a curve
3 : an individual emotion or disposition struck a responsive chord
4 : either of the two outside members of a truss connected and braced by the web members
5 : the straight line distance joining the leading and trailing edges of an airfoil

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Examples of chord in a Sentence


the revised system chords perfectly with the original goals

First Known Use of chord

Noun (1)

1608, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chord

Noun (1)

alteration of Middle English cord, short for accord

Noun (2)

alteration of cord entry 1

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\ ˈkȯrd \

Kids Definition of chord

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of tones sounded together to form harmony



Kids Definition of chord (Entry 2 of 2)

: a straight line joining two points on a curve


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