cord covered with yarns or fabric, used decoratively.

Origin of cording

First recorded in 1565–75; cord + -ing1




a string or thin rope made of several strands braided, twisted, or woven together.
Electricity. a small, flexible, insulated cable.
a ribbed fabric, especially corduroy.
a cordlike rib on the surface of cloth.
any influence that binds or restrains: cord of marriage.
Anatomy. a cordlike structure: the spinal cord; umbilical cord.
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.
a hangman's rope.

verb (used with object)

to bind or fasten with a cord or cords.
to pile or stack up (wood) in cords.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for cording

Historical Examples of cording

  • And already it's paid us for the long trip, 'cording to my calculations.

  • Her box had been brought down to the hall, and the porter, who wished to be friendly, was cording it.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • In cording the neck, do not stretch it; hold the cord tight.

  • Cording to Mike, we're all goin' to be rich before we know it.


    George Gissing

  • They were not satisfied with sacking, quilting and cording them.

    Negro Tales

    Joseph Seamon Cotter

British Dictionary definitions for cording



string or thin rope made of several twisted strands
a length of woven or twisted strands of silk, etc, sewn on clothing or used as a belt
a ribbed fabric, esp corduroy
any influence that binds or restrains
US and Canadian a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mainsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): flex
anatomy any part resembling a string or ropethe spinal cord
a unit of volume for measuring cut wood, equal to 128 cubic feet

verb (tr)

to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
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 cording



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

cording in Medicine



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