Chord of curvature

Chord Chord (k[^o]rd), n. [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}.] 1. The string of a musical instrument. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) A combination of tones simultaneously performed, producing more or less perfect harmony, as, the common chord. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geom.) A right line uniting the extremities of the arc of a circle or curve. [1913 Webster]

4. (Anat.) A cord. See {Cord}, n., 4. [1913 Webster]

5. (Engin.) The upper or lower part of a truss, usually horizontal, resisting compression or tension. --Waddell. [1913 Webster]

{Accidental, Common, & Vocal} {chords}. See under {Accidental}, {Common}, and {Vocal}.

{Chord of an arch}. See Illust. of {Arch}.

{Chord of curvature}, a chord drawn from any point of a curve, in the circle of curvature for that point.

{Scale of chords}. See {Scale}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Chord of curvature — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curvature — Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a curve. Cowper …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curvature of the spine — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chord — (k[^o]rd), n. [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}.] 1. The string of a musical instrument. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A combination of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chord of an arch — Chord Chord (k[^o]rd), n. [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}.] 1. The string of a musical instrument. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • chord — I. /kɔd / (say kawd) noun 1. a string of a musical instrument. 2. a feeling or emotion: to strike a chord. 3. Geometry that part of a straight line between two of its intersections with a curve. 4. Civil Engineering one of the main members which… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Aberrancy of curvature — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Absolute curvature — Curvature Cur va*ture (k?r v? t?r; 135), n. [L. curvatura. See {Curvate}.] 1. The act of curving, or the state of being bent or curved; a curving or bending, normal or abnormal, as of a line or surface from a rectilinear direction; a bend; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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