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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kawrd]
    • /kɔrd/
    • /kɔːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kawrd]
    • /kɔrd/

Definitions of chord word

  • countable noun chord A chord is a number of musical notes played or sung at the same time with a pleasing effect. 3
  • noun chord a straight line connecting two points on a curve or curved surface 3
  • noun chord the line segment lying between two points of intersection of a straight line and a curve or curved surface 3
  • noun chord one of the principal members of a truss, esp one that lies along the top or the bottom 3
  • noun chord an emotional response, esp one of sympathy 3
  • noun chord an imaginary straight line joining the leading edge and the trailing edge of an aerofoil 3

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Origin of chord

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin chorda < Greek chordḗ gut, string; replacing cord in senses given

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Parts of speech for Chord


chord popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

chord usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for chord

noun chord

  • trajectory — the curve described by a projectile, rocket, or the like in its flight.
  • arc — An arc is a smoothly curving line or movement.
  • arch — An arch is a structure that is curved at the top and is supported on either side by a pillar, post, or wall.
  • contour — You can refer to the general shape or outline of an object as its contours.
  • loop — a hot bloom of pasty consistency, to be worked under a hammer or in rolls.

Antonyms for chord

noun chord

  • line — a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.
  • discord — lack of concord or harmony between persons or things: marital discord.
  • disharmony — lack of harmony; discord.
  • clash — When people clash, they fight, argue, or disagree with each other.
  • fighting — fit to fight: a boxer who's no longer in fighting shape.

Top questions with chord

  • what is a chord?
  • what is mean aerodynamic chord?
  • how to play guitar chord?

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