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Chord and Cord

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Chord and Cord

The noun chord is a musical term (two or more notes sounded together); chord also refers to an emotion or disposition ("a responsive chord").

The noun cord refers to a rope or a bond, an insulated electrical cable, or an anatomical structure ("vocal cords").


  • The movie begins with with the first, jangling chord from "A Hard Day's Night."

  • “No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.” (Robert Burton)


(a) A wireless mouse operates without a _____ by transmitting radio frequency signals.

(b) Jackson sat down at the grand piano and played a major _____.

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