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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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Related Words for cordage

twine, string, thread, tape, cable, strand, yarn, fiber, lariat, lace, lanyard, lasso, cordage, hawser, braid, twist, snarl, knot, whorl

Examples from the Web for cordage

Historical Examples of 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.

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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