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

First recorded in 1480–90; cord + -age
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Examples from the Web for cordage

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cordage


  1. nautical the lines and rigging of a vessel
  2. 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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