AskDefine | Define chord

Dictionary Definition



1 a straight line connecting two points on a curve
2 a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together


1 play chords on (a string instrument)
2 bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing [syn: harmonize, harmonise]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin chorda (cord), < (Doric) χορδά (khorda), Ionic χορδή (khorde) "string of gut, the string of a lyre"



  1. In the context of "music": In music, a combination of any three or more pitches and the diatonic functionality of those pitches.
  2. A straight line between two points of a curve.
  3. In the context of "engineering": A horizontal member of a truss.
  4. In the context of "aeronautics": The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.


combination of three or more pitches
  • Albanian: akord
  • Arabic: وتر, ائتلاف نغمات
  • Azeri: bağ
  • Bosnian: akord
  • Bulgarian: корда (korda)
  • Chinese:
  • Croatian: akord
  • Czech: akord
  • Danish: akkord
  • Dutch: akkoord
  • Esperanto: kordo
  • Estonian: akord
  • Finnish: sointu
  • French: accord
  • Galician: acorde
  • German: Akkord
  • Greek: χορδή (chordē)
  • Hebrew: אקורד (aqord)
  • Hungarian: akkord
  • Indonesian: kor
  • Irish: corda
  • Italian: accordo
  • Japanese: 和音 (わおん) (waon)
  • Korean: 화음 (hwa-eum)
  • Latvian: stīga
  • Lithuanian: balso stygos
  • Norwegian: akkord
  • Persian: وتر
  • Polish: akord
  • Portuguese: corda
  • Romanian: coardă
  • Russian: аккорд (akkord)''
  • Slovak: akord
  • Slovene: akord
  • Spanish: acorde
  • Swedish: ackord
  • Turkish: akor
  • Uyghur: akkord
  • Vietnamese: dây
  • Welsh: cord
  • Yiddish: אַקאָרד (akord)
straight line
  • Dutch: koorde
  • Finnish: jänne
horizontal member of a truss
  • Finnish: jänne
distance of a wing's leading and trailing edges
  • Finnish: jänne

See also

Extensive Definition

Chord may mean:
Chord may also refer to:
The Chords may refer to:
chord in Danish: Akkord
chord in German: Chorda
chord in Modern Greek (1453-): Χορδή
chord in Irish: Corda
chord in Italian: Accordo
chord in Japanese: 弦
chord in Norwegian: Akkord
chord in Thai: คอร์ด

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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