# monochord

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## English[edit]

### Etymology[edit]

Latin *monochordon*. See *chord*.

### Noun[edit]

**monochord** (*plural* **monochords**)

- A musical instrument for experimenting with the mathematical relations of musical sounds, consisting of a single string stretched between two bridges, one or both of which can be moved, and which stand upon a graduated rule for the purpose of changing and measuring the length of the part of the string between them.
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- If a musician were going to give a lecture upon the mathematical part of his art, he would find a very elegant substitute for the