mono·​chord | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce monochord (audio) \

Definition of monochord

: 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

Examples of monochord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With gongs, crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, Native American flute, didgeridoo, Celtic Harp, monochord, vibraphone. San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of monochord

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monochord

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

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“Monochord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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mono·​chord | \ ˈmän-ə-ˌkȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce monochord (audio) \

Medical Definition of monochord

: 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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