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corded

[kawr-did] /ˈkɔr dɪd/
adjective
1.
furnished with, made of, or in the form of cords.
2.
ribbed, as a fabric.
3.
bound with cords.
4.
(of wood) stacked up in cords.
5.
stringy, or ribbed, in appearance, especially from the prominence of the muscles, veins, etc.:
a corded throat.
6.
(of pottery) decorated with the imprint of twisted cords.
Origin of corded
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at cord, -ed3

cord

[kawrd] /kɔrd/
noun
1.
a string or thin rope made of several strands braided, twisted, or woven together.
2.
Electricity. a small, flexible, insulated cable.
3.
a ribbed fabric, especially corduroy.
4.
a cordlike rib on the surface of cloth.
5.
any influence that binds or restrains:
cord of marriage.
6.
Anatomy. a cordlike structure:
the spinal cord; umbilical cord.
7.
a unit of volume used chiefly for fuel wood, now generally equal to 128 cu. ft. (3.6 cu. m), usually specified as 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 4 feet high (2.4 m × 1.2 m × 1.2 meters).
Abbreviation: cd, cd.
8.
a hangman's rope.
verb (used with object)
9.
to bind or fasten with a cord or cords.
10.
to pile or stack up (wood) in cords.
11.
to furnish with a cord.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English coord(e) < Anglo-French, Old French corde < Latin chorda < Greek chordḗ gut; confused in part of its history with chord1
Related forms
corder, noun
cordlike, adjective
Can be confused
chord, cord, cored.
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Examples from the Web for corded
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  • He raised his corded, lean hand to the corded, lean throat as though he was choking.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • It is corded and wired in the most exasperating way, but at last I get it open.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray
  • He faltered, and his brow was corded with the labor of memory.

  • Instead of going up to him, she sat down on the corded trunk and began to sob.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • The doctor started up and beat his thin, corded hand on the mantel.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • She pointed at the corded box which stood in front of the table.

    Brownsmith's Boy George Manville Fenn
  • corded silks are woven with a cord running from selvage to selvage.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • With bursting lungs he tore at the corded muscles of Gregory's throat.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • I know how the man gets out of the corded box—I could do it myself.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
British Dictionary definitions for corded

corded

/ˈkɔːdɪd/
adjective
1.
bound or fastened with cord
2.
(of a fabric) ribbed
3.
(of muscles) standing out like cords

cord

/kɔːd/
noun
1.
string or thin rope made of several twisted strands
2.
a length of woven or twisted strands of silk, etc, sewn on clothing or used as a belt
3.
a ribbed fabric, esp corduroy
4.
any influence that binds or restrains
5.
(US & Canadian) a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mains Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) flex
6.
(anatomy) any part resembling a string or rope: the spinal cord
7.
a unit of volume for measuring cut wood, equal to 128 cubic feet
verb (transitive)
8.
to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
9.
to stack (wood) in cords
Derived Forms
corder, noun
cordlike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda cord, from Greek khordē; see chord1
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Word Origin and History for corded

cord

n.

c.1300, from Old French corde "rope, string, twist, cord," from Latin chorda "string of a musical instrument, cat-gut," from Greek khorde "string, catgut, chord, cord," from PIE root *ghere- "intestine" (see yarn). As a measure of wood (eight feet long, four feet high and wide) first recorded 1610s, so called because it was measured with a cord of rope.

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corded in Medicine

cord or chord (kôrd)
n.
A long ropelike bodily structure, such as a nerve or tendon.

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