fiber and wire ropes, lines, hawsers, etc., taken as a whole, especially with reference to the rigging and other equipment of a vessel.
a quantity of wood measured in cords.

Nearby words

  1. cord blood,
  2. cord cutter,
  3. cord foot,
  4. cord grass,
  5. cord of tympanum,
  6. cordate,
  7. cordate pelvis,
  8. cordately,
  9. corday,
  10. corday d'armont

Origin of cordage

First recorded in 1480–90; cord + -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cordage



nautical the lines and rigging of a vessel
an amount of wood measured in cords
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Word Origin and History for cordage



"ropes, especially on a ship," late 15c., from Old French cordage, from corde "cord" (see cord).

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