a feeling or emotion:
His story struck a chord of pity in the listeners.
Geometry. the line segment between two points on a given curve.
Engineering, Building Trades. a principal member of a truss extending from end to end, usually one of a pair of such members, more or less parallel and connected by a web composed of various compression and tension members.
Aeronautics. a straight line joining the trailing and leading edges of an airfoil section.
Anatomy. (def 6).
a combination of usually three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously.
verb (used with object)
to establish or play a chord or chords for (a particular harmony or song); harmonize or voice:
How would you chord that in B flat?
(engineering) one of the principal members of a truss, esp one that lies along the top or the bottom
(anatomy) a variant spelling of cord
an emotional response, esp one of sympathy: the story struck the right chord
an imaginary straight line joining the leading edge and the trailing edge of an aerofoil
(archaic) the string of a musical instrument
the simultaneous sounding of a group of musical notes, usually three or more in number See concord (sense 4), discord (sense 3)
(transitive) to provide (a melodic line) with chords
“related notes in music,” 1590s, ultimately a shortening of accord (or borrowed from a similar development in French) and influenced by Latin chorda “catgut, a string” of a musical instrument (see cord (n.)). Spelling with an -h- first recorded c.1600, from confusion with chord (n.2). Originally two notes; of three or more from 18c.
“structure in animals resembling a string,” 1540s, alteration of cord (n.), by influence of Greek khorde “gut-string, string of a lyre, tripe,” from PIE *ghere- “gut, entrail” (see yarn). The geometry sense is from 1550s; meaning “feeling, emotion” first attested 1784.
Variant of cord.
In music, the sound of three or more notes played at the same time. The history of Western music is marked by an increase in complexity of the chords composers use.
see: strike a chord
chorda chor·da (kôr’də) n. pl. chor·dae (-dē’)
[kawr-duh-mez-uh-durm, -mes-, -mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˌkɔr dəˈmɛz əˌdɜrm, -ˈmɛs-, -ˈmi zə-, -sə-/ noun, Embryology. 1. the part of the blastoderm of a young embryo that forms the notochord and related structures.
[kawr-dl] /ˈkɔr dl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or resembling a . 2. of or relating to music that is marked principally by vertical harmonic movement rather than by linear polyphony. chordal chord·al (kôr’dl) adj. Of or relating to a chorda or cord.
[kawr-dey-tuh, -dah-] /kɔrˈdeɪ tə, -ˈdɑ-/ noun, Zoology. 1. the phylum comprising the . 1880, Modern Latin, from Latin chorda “cord, string” (see cord (n.)) + ending from Vertebrata. Chordata Chor·da·ta (kôr-dā’tə) n. The phylum of animals whose members have a single dorsal nerve cord and a notochord and gill slits during some stage in their […]