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- (music): cord (dated)
- (UK) IPA(key): /kɔː(ɹ)d/
- (US) enPR: kôrd, IPA(key): /kɔɹd/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)d, -ɔɹd
- Homophones: cord, cored (in accents with the horse-hoarse merger)
chord (plural chords)
- (music) A harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously.
- (geometry) A straight line between two points of a curve.
- 1941 September, “The Why and the Wherefore: Curves”, in Railway Magazine, page 430:
- The simplest method of calculating the radius of a curve in situ is to measure the versine; in railway practice this is done by extending a tape 66 ft. (1 ch.) long in a straight line or chord between two points on the periphery of a curve, and then measuring the maximum distance of the rail from the chord at the centre of the 66 ft. The radius in chains is found by dividing the versine in inches into 99. Thus if a versine measures 3 in., the radius will be 33 ch.
- (engineering) A horizontal member of a truss.
- (aeronautics) The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.
- (nautical) An imaginary line from the luff of a sail to its leech.
- (computing) A keyboard shortcut that involves two or more distinct keypresses, such as Ctrl+M followed by P.
- 2005, James Avery, Visual Studio hacks, page 99:
- Ctrl-K is the default first key for chords, but you can create chords using any keys that you want.
- The string of a musical instrument.
- 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Instruments that made melodious Chime
Was heard, of Harp and Organ; and who mov'd
Their Stops and Chords was seen
- (anatomy) A cord.
- (graph theory) An edge that is not part of a cycle but connects two vertices of the cycle.
combination of three or more notes
distance of a wing's leading and trailing edges
- (transitive) To write chords for.
- 2003, Dan Levenson, Clawhammer Banjo from Scratch:
- This chording technique works well for learning any tune, but this is the only tune of the set that I will write out completely as a chorded version.
- (music) To accord; to harmonize together.
- This note chords with that one.
- (transitive) To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune.