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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.]
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(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]
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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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