- 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.
Origin of cordage
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Examples from the Web for cordage
The movements in Copper and Cordage Trust stocks are purely speculative.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The nest was built in a block where some of the cordage runs.
I suppose that you must be very short of timber, cordage, and ship stores?At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
We only kept one sabre, in case we had to cut some cordage or some piece of wood.Perils and Captivity
Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
In the rope-walks of the town, the cordage for the gallant Yankee ships was spun.The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
- 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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