- a string or thin rope made of several strands braided, twisted, or woven together.
- Electricity. a small, flexible, insulated cable.
- a ribbed fabric, especially corduroy.
- a cordlike rib on the surface of cloth.
- any influence that binds or restrains: cord of marriage.
- Anatomy. a cordlike structure: the spinal cord; umbilical cord.
- 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.
- a hangman's rope.
- to bind or fasten with a cord or cords.
- to pile or stack up (wood) in cords.
- to furnish with a cord.
Origin of cord
Examples from the Web for cord
The popular snack has also struck a cord with Paleo dieters, according to Lewis.Is Cricket Flour the New Protein Powder?
November 21, 2014
The length of the cord that connects a user's equipment should not be relevant.What the Aereo Decision Means for You
June 25, 2014
Reluctantly, the stewardess fetches the cord, and Willie finishes lashing the vintage Gibsons into position.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
Today consumers react by cutting the cord and switching to cheaper alternatives.Amazon Stock May Be Up, but the Company Still Doesn’t Make Any Money
October 25, 2013
And just now they are starting to cut the cord on cable service to the home.Why Time Warner Cable Can’t Cave to CBS’s Demands
August 10, 2013
It is but the eye to the cord, the cord to the shaft, and the shaft to the mark.
The great bow creaked and groaned and the cord vibrated with the tension.
Johnson was stationed in the powder-magazine, in charge of the cord which held the bait.The Field of Ice
I said, holding up his wrist where the remnant of the cord was hanging.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
These vermin are more to be feared than hangman's cord or headsman's axe.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- string or thin rope made of several twisted strands
- a length of woven or twisted strands of silk, etc, sewn on clothing or used as a belt
- a ribbed fabric, esp corduroy
- any influence that binds or restrains
- US and Canadian a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mainsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): flex
- anatomy any part resembling a string or ropethe spinal cord
- a unit of volume for measuring cut wood, equal to 128 cubic feet
- to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
- to stack (wood) in cords
Word Origin and History for cord
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.
- A long ropelike bodily structure, such as a nerve or tendon.