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An acoustic instrument consisting of a sounding box with one string and a movable bridge, used to study musical tones.

[Middle English monocorde, from Old French, from Medieval Latin monochordum, from Greek monokhordon : mono-, mono- + khordē, string; see cord.]


(General Physics) an instrument employed in acoustic analysis or investigation, consisting usually of one string stretched over a resonator of wood. Also called: sonometer
[C15: from Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek monokhordon, from mono- + khordē string]


(ˈmɒn əˌkɔrd)

an acoustical instrument dating from antiquity, consisting of an oblong wooden sounding box usu. with a single string, used for the mathematical determination of musical intervals.
[1375–1425; < Medieval Latin monochordum < Greek monóchordon, n. use of neuter of monóchordos with one string. See mono-, chord1]
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Similarly, if one had a single string monochord and plucked the string, it would vibrate and other monochords of the same note but at different octaves would also vibrate--as seen in Figure 7.
The second volume (`Acustica, in VII libros digesta') of Caspar Schott's Magia universalis naturae et artis (Wurzburg, 1657-9) is entirely dedicated to music; he describes and illustrates a monochord and two `monochords' of three strings with moveable bridges for measuring intervals in just intonation (pp.
It happens that the hours gather in monochords, the victims' lullaby.