cord

[ kawrd ]
/ kɔrd /

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. corbusier,
  2. corbusier, le,
  3. corby,
  4. corcovado,
  5. corcyra,
  6. cord blood,
  7. cord cutter,
  8. cord foot,
  9. cord grass,
  10. cord of tympanum

Origin of cord

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 formscord·er, nouncord·like, adjective

Can be confusedchord cord cored.

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British Dictionary definitions for cord

cord

/ (kɔːd) /

noun

verb (tr)

to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
to stack (wood) in cords
Derived Formscorder, nouncordlike, adjective

Word Origin for cord

C13: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda cord, from Greek khordē; see chord 1

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Word Origin and History for cord

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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Medicine definitions for cord

cord

n.

A long ropelike bodily structure, such as a nerve or tendon.

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