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.

Definitions of chord
  1. noun
    a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
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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
  2. verb
    play chords on (a string instrument)
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    play
    perform music on (a musical instrument)
  3. verb
    bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing
    synonyms: harmonise, harmonize
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    key
    regulate the musical pitch of
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. noun
    a straight line connecting two points on a curve
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    straight line
    a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature
Commonly confused words

chord / cord

Chord and cord sound the same, but a chord is three or more notes played together while a cord is basically a thick string. You strum a chord, but you tie a cord.

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