monochord

noun

mono·​chord ˈmä-nə-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce monochord (audio)
: 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, 24 May 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of monochord was in the 15th century

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“Monochord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monochord. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

monochord

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