Meaning of CHORD in English

/ kɔːd; NAmE kɔːrd/ noun


( music ) two or more notes played together


( mathematics ) a straight line that joins two points on a curve

—picture at circle

—see also vocal cords


- strike / touch a chord (with sb)



sense 1 Middle English cord , from accord . The spelling change in the 18th cent. was due to confusion with chord in the mathematical sense. The original sense was agreement, reconciliation , later a musical concord or harmonious sound ; the current sense dates from the mid 18th cent.

sense 2 mid 16th cent. (in the anatomical sense): a later spelling (influenced by Latin chorda rope) of cord .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.