chord

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chord bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing
    • v chord play chords on (a string instrument)
    • n chord a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
    • n chord a straight line connecting two points on a curve
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Giraffes have no vocal chords.
    • Chord (Mus) A combination of tones simultaneously performed, producing more or less perfect harmony, as, the common chord .
    • Chord (Anat) A cord. See Cord n., 4.
    • Chord (Geom) A right line uniting the extremities of the arc of a circle or curve.
    • Chord The string of a musical instrument.
    • Chord (Engin) The upper or lower part of a truss, usually horizontal, resisting compression or tension.
    • v. i Chord (Mus) To accord; to harmonize together; as, this note chords with that.
    • v. t Chord To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune. "When Jubal struck the chorded shell.""Even the solitary old pine tree chords his harp."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chord A string; a cord. Specifically —
    • n chord The string of a musical instrument.
    • n chord A musical tone.—
    • n chord In music, the simultaneous sounding of three or more tones; specifically, the sounding of three or more tones that are concordant with one another. A common chord or triad consists of any tone with its third and fifth. A major chord is one having a major third and a perfect fifth; a minor chord, one having a minor third and a perfect fifth; a diminished chord, one having a minor third and a diminished fifth; and an augmented chord, one having a major third and an augmented fifth. Diminished and augmented chords are also called anomalous. A chord of the seventh, or seventh-chord, consists of any tone with its third, fifth, and seventh; a chord of the ninth contains also the ninth. (See ninth.) The tones of a chord are arranged for analysis at intervals of a third from one another; and when so arranged, the lowest tone is called the root of the chord. When all the tones of the chord are not present, it is imperfect or incomplete; when the tones are so arranged that the root is not the lowest, the chord is inverted. Inverted chords are known by the numerals indicating the intervals between the lowest tone and the others: as, chords of the sixth, of the fourth and sixth, of the fifth and sixth, of the second, etc. The tonic or fundamental chord is the triad whose root is the tonic or key-note; the dominant or leading chord, that whose root is the dominant (fifth tone of the scale); the subdominant chord, that whose root is the subdominant (fourth tone of the scale), etc. Chords are related or relative to each other when they contain common tones. A transient chord is one used to connect two keys or tonalities, and containing tones foreign to both. An equivocal chord is one which may be resolved into different keys without changing any of its tones.
    • n chord Hence Harmony, as of color.
    • n chord In geometry, a straight line intersecting a curve; that part of a straight line which is comprised between two of its intersections with a curve; specifically, the straight line joining the extremities of an arc of a circle.
    • n chord A main horizontal member of a bridge-truss. When at the upper side, it is a top chord, and is in compression; when at the lower edge, it is a lower chord, and is in tension.
    • n chord In anatomy, a cord; a chorda; especially, the notochord, or chorda dorsalis. See chorda.
    • chord To furnish with chords or strings, as a musical instrument.
    • chord In music, to sound harmoniously or concordantly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chord kord (mus.) the simultaneous and harmonious union of sounds of a different pitch
    • Chord The Common chord is a note with its third and perfect fifth reckoned upwards
    • n Chord kord the string of a musical instrument: :
    • n Chord kord (fig.) of the emotions
    • n Chord kord (geom.) a straight line joining the extremities of an arc: a straight line joining any two points in the curve of a circle, ellipse, &c.
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Quotations

  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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    “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”
  • Fanny Crosby
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    “Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.”
  • Harlan Howard
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    “Country music is three chords and the truth.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.”

Idioms

Strike a chord - If strikes a chord, it is familiar to you, reminds you of something or is connected to you somehow.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L chorda, a gut, a string made of a gut, Gr. chordh`. In the sense of a string or small rope, in general, it is written cord,. See Cord
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. chorda—Gr. chordē, an intestine.

Usage

In literature:

His voice failed to touch any chord of memory and cause it to vibrate in recognition.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
If the vocal chords are tense, the pitch is high.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
The group of men at the table, heretofore indifferent to proceedings, looked up when a thundering chord broke the stillness.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
In the second period there is an intense and almost strained expression due to the chord of 4-2, the seventh low in the bass.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Then the voice died away in a solemn E-flat major chord, and everything was as if sunk in the bottom of the sea.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It must have struck a vibrant chord in the old man's breast.
"Emily Brontë" by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
The music which he sang was of the simplest nature and the chords suggested themselves to his ear.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
A crash of chords from the piano melted into a rippling prelude, and Winifred breathed easier when her friend began to sing.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
The chords so exquisitely touched in our hearts to-day will vibrate for an age.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
In geometry, any part of a circle which is bounded by an arc and its chord, or so much of the circle as is cut off by that chord.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Carol has taught me a few chords, but I have no music.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
Instead he broke into the opening chords, the sweetly solemn, majestic harmony of the 'Largo'.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
Its keynote is, "I need"; its dominant, "I want"; its full major chord, "I must possess.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
We then see that our best hopes were in them, and wish that we could retune the broken chords of the past.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Sympathetic chords are drawn, joining the points of contact of the tangents with the curve; they all pass through a fixed point.
"The Romance of Mathematics" by P. Hampson
Their effect of young gayety touches some chord in him more than usually sensitive at this moment.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
The piano was in decent tune; she sat down, nodding across at her father, and touched a chord or two.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
It was evident to Richford that he had struck the right chord, for he proceeded with more confidence.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
She can play upon the chords of my being as she chooses.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
ABD, is termed a "segment"; if the chord be a diameter, the segment is termed a "semicircle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

One master chord we couldn't sound
For lost the keys,
Yet she hinted of it as she sang
Between our knees.
"To A Cabaret Dancer" by Djuna Barnes
The tiny trembling tendons
That twine about the heart,
Are chords that yield a music
Unknown to vocal art.
"Heartstrings" by Jared Barhite
To-morrows! Dread unknown!
What fates may they not bring?
What is the chord? the tone?
The key in which they sing?
""To-Morrows"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Upon the hazel gray
The lyre of Autumn hangs unstrung
And o?er its tremulous chords are flung
The finges of decay.
"Autumnal Nightfall" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is as if a silver chord
Were suddenly grown mute,
And life's song with its rhythm warred
Against a silver lute.
"To A Dead Friend" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
A melody that has no words
Of mortal speech a part,
Yet touching all the deepest chords
That tremble in the heart:
"A Sunset Fantasy" by Victor James Daley

In news:

How to Fortify Power- Chord Ideas with Single-Note Lines and Diads.
Cost of fairgrounds concerts hitting a rough chord with City Council.
'Mice and Men' cast strikes emotional chord .
I never thought I would write a letter to the editor, but your article on the rattlesnake named Striker, struck a real chord with me ("Placer High loses its fiercest biology lesson," Journal, Oct 5).
Kptm.com Musician's Friend Strikes a Chord with Consumers with Launch of New Interactive Digital Catalog.
Music strikes a chord with Troxel.
When John first picked up a guitar at age 8, it was to emulate the soaring chords of the '70s rock band Boston.
Instead of classic rock, though, he had John learning classical music chords .
'Pitch Perfect' strikes the right chord .
Armed with a sense of adventure and determination, McKenzie tracked down — by any means necessary — his musical heroes, talking a little shop and even strumming a few chords in their presence.
I worked more with chord progressions and chord structures, things like that.
Q&A: Jens Lekman on New Album, Doing Push-Ups and His New Favorite Chord .
When I struggle with just a couple of chords and you see these guys on-stage, doing what they're doing, I'd say that my skill level is rudimentary to remedial at best, but it's only heightened my appreciation of what the heroes can do.
So apparently Nicki Minaj has bruised her vocal chords and has had to cancel a few performances.
Nicki Minaj Vocal Chord Injury.
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In science:

B) Devise an experiment to select randomly a chord in a circle of radius r .
Monte Carlo: Basics
The second norm is the chordal length norm, written Chord2π , defined by Chord2π (α) = 2 |sin (πα)| , which is simply the length of the chord in the complex plane connecting the point e2πiα to the point 1.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
H(b)] and [c, H(d)] are properly intersecting chords of H.
Obtaining hamilton cicuits in graphs and digraphs
The length of the chord slicing the shell at constant (θ, φ) is ∆r = ∆n sec γ .
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
Martin Klazar, Non-P-recursiveness of numbers of matchings or linear chord diagrams with many crossings, Adv.
The enumeration of simple permutations
As in [Lee], we colour the chords of S red and green, as follows. A chord C of S is the diagonal of a quadrilateral Q(C ) in S .
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
In Figure 1, the red chords are indicated by thick lines.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
We partially order T A n by giving covering relations: T covers S if they coincide except that some green chord in S has been replaced by the other diagonal of Q(C ) (which is red).
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
The definition is analogous to that already given for the An Tamari lattice: it is given in terms of covering relations, and S covers T in T B n if S is obtained from T by replacing a symmetric pair of chords C, ¯C by the other diagonals of Q(C ), Q( ¯C ).
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
We will frequently distinguish two types of chords: pure and mixed. A chord is pure if it connects two barred vertices or two unbarred vertices; otherwise it is mixed.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
The chord C is the diagonal of a quadrilateral, which we denote Q(C ).
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
In Figure 2, the red chords are indicated by thick lines.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
For C a chord, we write ¯C for its symmetric partner (that is to say, the image of C under a half turn).
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
There is a lattice structure on T B n whose covering relations are given by S ⋖ T iff S and T differ in that green chords C , ¯C in S are replaced in T by the other diagonals of Q(C ) and Q( ¯C ) (which wil l be red).
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
The first ingredient in our proof of Theorem 1 is some further analysis of the red and green chords of triangulations.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
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