[syn: common chord, triad]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Triad \Tri"ad\, n. [L. trias, -adis, Gr. ?, ?, fr.?, ?, three:
cf. F. triade. See Three, and cf. Trias, Trio.]
1. A union of three; three objects treated as one; a ternary;
a trinity; as, a triad of deities.
(a) A chord of three notes.
(b) The common chord, consisting of a tone with its third
and fifth, with or without the octave.
3. (Chem.) An element or radical whose valence is three.
Triads of the Welsh bards, poetical histories, in which the
facts recorded are grouped by threes, three things or
circumstances of a kind being mentioned together.
Hindu triad. See Trimurti.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
[syn: three, 3, III, trio, threesome, tierce,
leash, troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary,
ternion, triplet, tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-
2: a set of three similar things considered as a unit [syn:
trio, triad, triplet, triple]
3: three people considered as a unit [syn: trio, threesome,
4: a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and
fifth tones [syn: common chord, triad]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
59 Moby Thesaurus words for "triad":
arpeggio, broken chord, chord, clover, common chord, concento,
concord, consonant chord, deuce-ace, diminished seventh chord,
dominant chord, enharmonic, leash, major triad, minor chord,
set of three, seventh chord, shamrock, sixth chord, tercet,
ternary, ternion, terzetto, three, threesome, tierce, tonic triad,
trefoil, trey, trialogue, triangle, tricorn, trident, triennium,
trihedron, trilogy, trimester, trine, trinity, trinomial, trio,
triphthong, triple, triple crown, triple threat, triplet, triplopy,
tripod, triptych, trireme, triseme, triskelion, trisul,
triumvirate, triune, triunity, trivet, troika, unbroken chord