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Definition of "chordal" [chor•dal]

  • Of or relating to the strings of an instrument. (adjective)
  • Relating to or consisting of a harmonic chord. (adjective)
  • Giving prominence to harmonic rather than contrapuntal structure: chordal music. (adjective)

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.

Use "chordal" in a sentence
  • "Klein seems content to settle into mostly chordal work on his Rhodes, leaving the more intricate piano solo work to Goldberg, who is a wellspring of ideas."
  • "Yet the music is anything but predictable, and Mr. McHenry utilizes different approaches with the same group, from conventional chordal improvisation to noisier free-form pieces."
  • "There's tons of sections without chordal movement."