Definition of "chord" []

  • Music A combination of three or more pitches sounded simultaneously. (noun)
  • Harmony, as of color. (noun)
  • To be in accord; agree. (verb-intransitive)
  • Music To play chords on an instrument. (verb-intransitive)
  • Music To play chords on. (verb-transitive)
  • A straight line connecting two points on a curve or curved surface (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The line segment lying between two points of intersection of a straight line and a curve or curved surface (noun)
  • One of the principal members of a truss, esp one that lies along the top or the bottom (noun)
  • An emotional response, esp one of sympathy (noun)
  • An imaginary straight line joining the leading edge and the trailing edge of an aerofoil (noun)
  • The string of a musical instrument (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "chord" in a sentence
  • "She changed tempo and what she called the chord variations."
  • "He is good on paramusical minutiae – record contracts, PR, style subcultures – but shaky on music itself calling a chord progression a "march tempo"."
  • "Musical group Steel Train plays one chord from a song."