- A group of (typically three or more) notes sounded together, as a basis of harmony: the triumphal opening chords a G major chordMore example sentences
- From the tramping funeral rhythm of the opening movement to the ominous major - minor chords of the finale, the symphony offers precious little respite from its tragic purpose.
- Prokofiev's daunting cluster chords and rapid fire pianistic flourishes held no terrors for her.
- The top note of the chord identifies major, while the middle note identifies minor.
verb[no object] (usually as noun chording) Back to top
- Play, sing, or arrange notes in chords: his chording makes an exhilarating accompaniment to the melodyMore example sentences
- Havard Wiik's piano is crucial throughout; his spare, unfussy chording recalls the economy of Monk or Herbie Nichols, while his solos are logical, melodic and direct.
- Though I suspect Vaananen's instrument has more prosaic origins, he extracts a magical sound from it, from staccato guitar like chording to bell-like swirls.
- Subverting the derivative subterranean drift of the rest of the album, Smith allows dissonant chording and mechanical clanks to disrupt his serene drones.
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- Sitting in stark contrast, the Scherzo follows with its bold chordal character, leading to the finale which accelerates to a presto before drawing to a close.
- All pieces are written in a melody and accompaniment style, with the right hand playing the melody and the left hand playing chordal figures or arpeggiations.
- However, when the chordal melody is doubled in both hands, the left-hand part can be difficult to navigate cleanly.
See chord2 (usage)
- 1 Mathematics A straight line joining the ends of an arc.More example sentences
- He found the length of an arc of the cycloid using an exhaustion proof based on dissections to reduce the problem to summing segments of chords of a circle which are in geometric progression.
- He wrote on the computation of sines and chords.
- The angle at the centre of a circle is twice the angle at the circumference from the same chord.
- 2 Aeronautics The width of an aerofoil from leading to trailing edge.More example sentences
- Since the gear had a shorter strut, it could fold aft and retract within the chord of the wing.
- To handle the extra power at high altitude, the Columbia 400 incorporates a larger rudder in both chord and span, along with a ventral fin beneath the empennage.
- The 0-52 was not a bad looking aircraft its rotund fuselage being offset by a narrow chord wing with a single strut.
- 3 Engineering Each of the two principal members of a truss: a stabilizer chordMore example sentences
- The radiant barrier is most often attached near the roof, to the bottom surface of the attic truss chords or rafter framing.
- On a practical level, the trusses also provide the framework for the second floor, which is suspended from the bottom chords of the trusses.
- The truss chords were fabricated from rolled tee sections ranging in size from 16.5 by 84.5 in.
- 4 Anatomy variant spelling of cord. the spinal chordMore example sentences
- In severe cases, one or more vertebrae may be missing, exposing the spinal chord (part of the nervous system that transmits signals from the nerve endings to the brain).
- It can affect the nervous system in any place, in the brain or the spinal chord.
- The next step is to encourage those fibres to grow into the cell, and out of the cell into the spinal chord, by using a combination of drugs.
- 5 • literary A string on a harp or other instrument.More example sentences
- Her fingers began to lightly touch the delicate chords of the instrument and with just a mere stroke; her voice began to accompany the melodic beat.
- Her agile fingers began working like mad as they strung various wires and chords expertly through the holes.
- The guests' voices faded, as she began to caress the chords of the instrument and raised her soft voice.
strike (or touch) a chord
- Cause someone to feel sympathy, emotion, or enthusiasm: the issue of food safety strikes a chord with almost everyone[with figurative reference to the emotions being the ‘strings’ of the mind visualized as a musical instrument]More example sentences
- The reaction has been mixed, but when an organisation like the Consumers' Association supports it, you know that it is touching a chord with the ordinary people of the country.
- It touches a chord somewhere and people think it's great fun.
- Sunitha touched a chord when she said, ‘This is a journey for evoking generosity, hope and happiness.’
strike (or touch) the right chord
- Skilfully appeal to or arouse a particular emotion in others: Dickens knew how to strike the right chord in the hearts of his readersMore example sentences
- She seems to have struck the right chord with her dynamic vocals, Cinderella story and effervescent personality.
- Did he strike the right chord, do you think, Karen?
- The simplicity and sincerity of the Toda song did indeed touch the right chord in the visitors.
mid 16th century (in the anatomical sense): a later spelling (influenced by Latin chorda 'rope') of cord.
In modern English there are two words spelled chord: the first is the musical term ‘a group of notes sounded together’, and the second is a technical term in mathematics, aeronautics, and engineering. Cord meaning ‘string or rope made from twisted strands’ is etymologically related to the second chord but is now regarded as a distinct word. The anatomical term generally uses the spelling cord (as in spinal cord and vocal cord), although chord is an acceptable variant.