- (used with a plural verb) clothing, especially trousers, of corded fabric; corduroys.
Origin of cords
- 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
Examples from the Web for cords
Others were strangled by the cords of electronic appliances.Men Who Hate Women
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 17, 2013
They were tied to each other with cords, even when they were sleeping.A Shocking Letter From the Congo
Tina Brown, Annie Rashidi-Mulumba
April 14, 2010
There was no second string for each person, the guy who put on the lights, or the one that laid out the cords.Elvis's Doctor Speaks
August 14, 2009
After the captain left him, he struggled hard to unloose the cords which bound him.Brave and Bold
Cut these cords just as quickly as you can, and take us to the general.In the Midst of Alarms
The cords hurt his hands somewhat, and his legs were cramped.
He felt the cords about his wrists giving somewhat and he redoubled his efforts.
Suspend this affair inside your tent by means of cords or tapes.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- trousers, esp jeans, made of corduroy
- 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 cords
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.