chord

In music, a chord is three or more notes that combine harmoniously. You can play chords on a piano or guitar, but not on an instrument that plays one note at a time, like a trumpet.

Chord comes from the French word for agreement, accord, so in music it means sounds that go together, or agree with each other. You can also use chord figuratively. If a book "strikes a chord" with you, you feel connected to it. In math, a chord is the straight line that connects two points on a curve.

Primary Meanings of chord

1.
nv
a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
play chords on (a string instrument)
2.
n
a straight line connecting two points on a curve
Full Definitions of chord
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n a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together

Types:
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arpeggio
a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
sforzando
an accented chord
common chord, triad
a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones
seventh chord
a triad with a seventh added
Type of:
musical note, note, tone
a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

v play chords on (a string instrument)

Type of:
play
perform music on (a musical instrument)

v bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing

Synonyms:
harmonise, harmonize
Types:
key
regulate the musical pitch of
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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n a straight line connecting two points on a curve

Type of:
straight line
a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature

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