• (British) IPA: /kɔː(ɹ)d/
  • (America) enPR: kôrd, IPA: /kɔɹd/

chord (plural chords)

  1. (music) A harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously.
  2. (geometry) A straight line between two points of a curve.
  3. (engineering) A horizontal member of a truss.
    1. (rail) A section of subsidiary railway track that interconnects two primary tracks that cross at different levels, to permit traffic to flow between them.
  4. (aeronautics) The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.
  5. (nautical) An imaginary line from the luff of a sail to its leech.
  6. (computing) A keyboard shortcut that involves two or more distinct keypresses, such as Ctrl+M followed by P.
  7. The string of a musical instrument.
  8. (anatomy) A cord.
  9. (graph theory) An edge that is not part of a cycle but connects two vertices of the cycle.
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  • Russian: хо́рда

chord (chords, present participle chording; past and past participle chorded)

  1. (transitive) To write chords for.
  2. (music) To accord; to harmonize together.
    This note chords with that one.
  3. (transitive) 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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