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  1. furnished with, made of, or in the form of cords.
  2. ribbed, as a fabric.
  3. bound with cords.
  4. (of wood) stacked up in cords.
  5. stringy, or ribbed, in appearance, especially from the prominence of the muscles, veins, etc.: a corded throat.
  6. (of pottery) decorated with the imprint of twisted cords.

Origin of corded

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at cord, -ed3


  1. a string or thin rope made of several strands braided, twisted, or woven together.
  2. Electricity. a small, flexible, insulated cable.
  3. a ribbed fabric, especially corduroy.
  4. a cordlike rib on the surface of cloth.
  5. any influence that binds or restrains: cord of marriage.
  6. Anatomy. a cordlike structure: the spinal cord; umbilical cord.
  7. 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.
  8. a hangman's rope.
verb (used with object)
  1. to bind or fasten with a cord or cords.
  2. to pile or stack up (wood) in cords.
  3. to furnish with a cord.

Origin of cord

1250–1300; Middle English coord(e) < Anglo-French, Old French corde < Latin chorda < Greek chordḗ gut; confused in part of its history with chord1
Related formscord·er, nouncord·like, adjective
Can be confusedchord cord cored. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for corded

knit, entangle, cord, secure, bind, tie, tether, loop, tat

Examples from the Web for corded

Contemporary Examples of corded

  • One doctor told them to keep their cellphones off their bodies and use them only to text or with a corded headset for two months.

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    Sharon Begley

    June 2, 2011

Historical Examples of corded

  • He raised his corded, lean hand to the corded, lean throat as though he was choking.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • It is corded and wired in the most exasperating way, but at last I get it open.

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    David Christie Murray

  • He faltered, and his brow was corded with the labor of memory.

  • Instead of going up to him, she sat down on the corded trunk and began to sob.


    John Galsworthy

  • The doctor started up and beat his thin, corded hand on the mantel.

    The Squirrel-Cage

    Dorothy Canfield

British Dictionary definitions for corded


  1. bound or fastened with cord
  2. (of a fabric) ribbed
  3. (of muscles) standing out like cords


  1. string or thin rope made of several twisted strands
  2. a length of woven or twisted strands of silk, etc, sewn on clothing or used as a belt
  3. a ribbed fabric, esp corduroy
  4. any influence that binds or restrains
  5. US and Canadian a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mainsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): flex
  6. anatomy any part resembling a string or ropethe spinal cord
  7. a unit of volume for measuring cut wood, equal to 128 cubic feet
verb (tr)
  1. to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
  2. to stack (wood) in cords
Derived Formscorder, nouncordlike, adjective

Word Origin for cord

C13: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda cord, from Greek khordē; see chord 1
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Word Origin and History for corded



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corded in Medicine


  1. A long ropelike bodily structure, such as a nerve or tendon.
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