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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
 
  c  (Mach.)  Any  collection  and  arrangement  in  a  condensed 
  form  of  many  particulars  or  values,  for  ready 
  reference,  as  of  weights,  measures,  currency,  specific 
  gravities,  etc.;  also  a  series  of  numbers  following 
  some  law,  and  expressing  particular  values 
  corresponding  to  certain  other  numbers  on  which  they 
  depend,  and  by  means  of  which  they  are  taken  out  for 
  use  in  computations;  as  tables  of  logarithms,  sines, 
  tangents,  squares,  cubes,  etc.;  annuity  tables; 
  interest  tables;  astronomical  tables,  etc 
  d  (Palmistry)  The  arrangement  or  disposition  of  the 
  lines  which  appear  on  the  inside  of  the  hand. 
 
  Mistress  of  a  fairer  table  Hath  not  history  for 
  fable.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  5.  An  article  of  furniture,  consisting  of  a  flat  slab,  board, 
  or  the  like  having  a  smooth  surface,  fixed  horizontally 
  on  legs,  and  used  for  a  great  variety  of  purposes,  as  in 
  eating,  writing,  or  working. 
 
  We  may  again  Give  to  our  tables  meat.  --Shak. 
 
  The  nymph  the  table  spread.  --Pope. 
 
  6.  Hence  food  placed  on  a  table  to  be  partaken  of  fare; 
  entertainment;  as  to  set  a  good  table. 
 
  7.  The  company  assembled  round  a  table. 
 
  I  drink  the  general  joy  of  the  whole  table.  --Shak. 
 
  8.  (Anat.)  One  of  the  two  external  and  internal,  layers  of 
  compact  bone,  separated  by  diplo["e],  in  the  walls  of  the 
  cranium. 
 
  9.  (Arch.)  A  stringcourse  which  includes  an  offset;  esp.,  a 
  band  of  stone,  or  the  like  set  where  an  offset  is 
  required,  so  as  to  make  it  decorative.  See  {Water  table}. 
 
  10.  (Games) 
  a  The  board  on  the  opposite  sides  of  which  backgammon 
  and  draughts  are  played. 
  b  One  of  the  divisions  of  a  backgammon  board;  as  to 
  play  into  the  right-hand  table. 
  c  pl  The  games  of  backgammon  and  of  draughts.  [Obs.] 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  This  is  the  ape  of  form  monsieur  the  nice, 
  That  when  he  plays  at  tables,  chides  the  dice. 
  --Shak. 
 
  11.  (Glass  Manuf.)  A  circular  plate  of  crown  glass. 
 
  A  circular  plate  or  table  of  about  five  feet 
  diameter  weighs  on  an  average  nine  pounds.  --Ure. 
 
  12.  (Jewelry)  The  upper  flat  surface  of  a  diamond  or  other 
  precious  stone,  the  sides  of  which  are  cut  in  angles. 
 
  13.  (Persp.)  A  plane  surface,  supposed  to  be  transparent  and 
  perpendicular  to  the  horizon;  --  called  also  {perspective 
  plane}. 
 
  14.  (Mach.)  The  part  of  a  machine  tool  on  which  the  work 
  rests  and  is  fastened. 
 
  {Bench  table},  {Card  table},  {Communion  table},  {Lord's 
  table},  etc  See  under  {Bench},  {Card},  etc 
 
  {Raised  table}  (Arch.  &  Sculp.),  a  raised  or  projecting 
  member  of  a  flat  surface,  large  in  proportion  to  the 
  projection,  and  usually  rectangular,  --  especially 
  intended  to  receive  an  inscription  or  the  like 
 
  {Roller  table}  (Horology),  a  flat  disk  on  the  arbor  of  the 
  balance  of  a  watch,  holding  the  jewel  which  rolls  in  and 
  out  of  the  fork  at  the  end  of  the  lever  of  the  escapement. 
 
 
  {Round  table}.  See  Dictionary  of  Noted  Names  in  Fiction. 
 
  {Table  anvil},  a  small  anvil  to  be  fastened  to  a  table  for 
  use  in  making  slight  repairs. 
 
  {Table  base}.  (Arch.)  Same  as  {Water  table}. 
 
  {Table  bed},  a  bed  in  the  form  of  a  table. 
 
  {Table  beer},  beer  for  table,  or  for  common  use  small  beer. 
 
 
  {Table  bell},  a  small  bell  to  be  used  at  table  for  calling 
  servants. 
 
  {Table  cover},  a  cloth  for  covering  a  table,  especially  at 
  other  than  mealtimes. 
 
  {Table  diamond},  a  thin  diamond  cut  with  a  flat  upper 
  surface. 
 
  {Table  linen},  linen  tablecloth,  napkins,  and  the  like 
 
  {Table  money}  (Mil.  or  Naut.),  an  allowance  sometimes  made  to 
  officers  over  and  above  their  pay  for  table  expenses. 
 
  {Table  rent}  (O.  Eng.  Law),  rent  paid  to  a  bishop  or 
  religious,  reserved  or  appropriated  to  his  table  or 
  housekeeping.  --Burrill. 
 
  {Table  shore}  (Naut.),  a  low  level  shore. 
 
  {Table  talk},  conversation  at  table,  or  at  meals. 
 
  {Table  talker},  one  who  talks  at  table. 
 
  {Table  tipping},  {Table  turning},  certain  movements  of 
  tables,  etc.,  attributed  by  some  to  the  agency  of  departed 
  spirits,  and  by  others  to  the  development  of  latent  vital 
  or  spriritual  forces,  but  more  commonly  ascribed  to  the 
  muscular  force  of  persons  in  connection  with  the  objects 
  moved  or  to  physical  force  applied  otherwise. 
 
  {Tables  of  a  girder}  or  {chord}  (Engin.),  the  upper  and  lower 
  horizontal  members. 
 
  {To  lay  on  the  table},  in  parliamentary  usage,  to  lay,  as  a 
  report,  motion,  etc.,  on  the  table  of  the  presiding 
  officer,  --  that  is  to  postpone  the  consideration  of  by 
  a  vote. 
 
  {To  serve  tables}  (Script.),  to  provide  for  the  poor,  or  to 
  distribute  provisions  for  their  wants  --Acts  vi  2. 
 
  {To  turn  the  tables},  to  change  the  condition  or  fortune  of 
  contending  parties;  --  a  metaphorical  expression  taken 
  from  the  vicissitudes  of  fortune  in  gaming. 
 
  {Twelve  tables}  (Rom.  Antiq.),  a  celebrated  body  of  Roman 
  laws,  framed  by  decemvirs  appointed  450  years  before 
  Christ,  on  the  return  of  deputies  or  commissioners  who  had 
  been  sent  to  Greece  to  examine  into  foreign  laws  and 
  institutions.  They  consisted  partly  of  laws  transcribed 
  from  the  institutions  of  other  nations,  partly  of  such  as 
  were  altered  and  accommodated  to  the  manners  of  the 
  Romans,  partly  of  new  provisions,  and  mainly,  perhaps,  of 
  laws  and  usages  under  their  ancient  kings.  --Burrill. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chord  \Chord\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Chorded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Chording}.] 
  To  provide  with  musical  chords  or  strings;  to  string;  to 
  tune. 
 
  When  Jubal  struck  the  chorded  shell.  --Dryden. 
 
  Even  the  solitary  old  pine  tree  chords  his  harp. 
  --Beecher. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chord  \Chord\,  v.  i.  (Mus.) 
  To  accord;  to  harmonize  together;  as  this  note  chords  with 
  that 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chord  \Chord\,  n.  [L  chorda  a  gut,  a  string  made  of  a  gut,  Gr 
  ?.  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. 
 
  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.  --Waddell. 
 
  {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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chord 
  n  1:  a  straight  line  connecting  two  points  on  a  curve 
  2:  a  combination  of  three  or  more  notes  that  blend  harmoniously 
  when  sounded  together 
  v  1:  play  chords  on  as  of  string  instruments 
  2:  bring  into  consonance,  harmony,  or  accord  while  making  music 
  or  singing  [syn:  {harmonize}] 




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