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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chord
  1. The string of a musical instrument.
  2. [Mus] A combination of tones simultaneously performed, producing more or less perfect harmony, as, the common chord .
  3. [Geom] A right line uniting the extremities of the arc of a circle or curve.
  4. [Anat] A cord. See Cord (n.), 4.
  5. [Engin] The upper or lower part of a truss, usually horizontal, resisting compression or tension.

Etymology: L chorda a gut, a string made of a gut, Gr. chordh`. In the sense of a string or small rope, in general, it is written cord. See Cord

verb Chord
To provide with musical chords or strings; to string; to tune.
verb Chord
To accord; to harmonize together; as, this note chords with that.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
  2. A straight line connecting two points on a curve
  3. Bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing
  4. Play chords on (a stringed instrument)

Variant of cord, with spelling alteration due to Latin chorda (“cord”), ultimately from Ancient Greek (Doric) χορδά (khordá), (Ionic) χορδή (khordḗ, “string of gut, the string of a lyre”)

  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.
  4. (aeronautics) The distance between the leading and trailing edge of a wing, measured in the direction of the normal airflow.
  5. (computing) A keyboard shortcut that involves two or more distinct keypresses, such as Ctrl+M followed by P.
  6. The string of a musical instrument.
  7. (anatomy) A cord.
  8. (graph theory) An edge that is not part of a cycle but connects two vertices of the cycle.

Notable Persons Named Chord

Chord Overstreet is an actor, singer, musician, and composer. He has had major accomplishments since 2009. Chord was given the name Chord Paul Overstreet by his parent Scarlet Moon on February 17th, 1989 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Chord

Aero Chord is a trap, dubstep, and trap music musician. He was most active from 2013 to present. Aero was given the name Alex Vlastaras on September 9th, 1991 in Greece.



Aaron Chord is a comics character.


A Chord is a mandopop actor, songwriter, and singing. They plays Guitar. A was born on April 15th, 1987 in Nantou County. A is also known as R. Chord.


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Popularity of Chord as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chord U.S.
  White 91.98% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.32% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chord

People with the last name Chord are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Chord

  • How Popular is the name Chord? Chord is the 43,145th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chord was the 109,258th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chord have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 65 babies born with the first name Chord in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chord? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1991 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Chord first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chord is Friday, April 15th, 1898.
  • What year had the most people named Chord born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chord was in 2012 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Chord: Your name in reverse order is Drohc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hordc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chord? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 162 people with the last name Chord.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chord? Chord is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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