Triad vs Nonad - What's the difference?

triad | nonad |


As nouns the difference between triad and nonad

is that triad is a grouping of three while nonad is a collection, or series of nine things.

triad

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A grouping of three.
  • (music) A chord consisting of a root tone, the tone two degrees higher, and the tone four degrees higher in a given scale.
  • (electronics) on a CRT display, a group of three neighbouring phosphor dots, coloured green, red, and blue.
  • A branch of a Chinese underground criminal society, mostly based in Hong Kong.
  • Synonyms

    * (group of three) threesome, trine, trinity, trio, triplet, troika, triumvirate

    See also

    * monad * dyad * mafia * tong * yakuza * ("triad" on Wikipedia)

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    nonad

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a collection, or series of nine things
  • Derived terms

    * nonadic

    Usage notes

    *True nonads seem to be rare. Most collections of nine things are actually triads of triads. *Also the name of a photographic filter used for astronomy, meaning "no Sodium D-line", where Sodium has the symbol Na, from the Latin natrium .

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