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Definition of Chord


  1. The string of a musical instrument.
  2. A combination of tones simultaneously performed, producing more or less perfect harmony, as, the common chord.
  3. A right line uniting the extremities of the arc of a circle or curve.
  4. A cord. See Cord, n., 4.
  5. The upper or lower part of a truss, usually horizontal, resisting compression or tension.
  6. To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune.
  7. To accord; to harmonize together; as, this note chords with that.

Chord Quotations

Human nature is not amenable to prediction based on the trends or tendencies prevailing at the time. It is amenable to startling creativity of the kind practiced by great artists, directors, writers, musicians, actors, who know how to touch a chord in humans everywhere.
Maurice Saatchi

You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.
Frank Zappa

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.
Lou Reed

I didn't know that you were supposed to tune the guitar to an open chord, and I learned to play slide with a normal tuning. I think it's a little more melodic that way and doesn't sound so bluesy. Of course, if I could play like David Lindley or Ry Cooder, I'd be a happy man!
Ken Hensley

Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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Chord Translations

chord in Danish is akkord
chord in Dutch is overeenstemming, accoord, akkoord
chord in French is forfait
chord in German is Akkord {m}, Saite {f}, Akkord {m}
chord in Portuguese is corda
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