- 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.
- 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
- 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
- to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
- to stack (wood) in cords
Word Origin and History for cordlike
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.
- A long ropelike bodily structure, such as a nerve or tendon.