cord

[kawrd]
noun
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)
9.
to bind or fasten with a cord or cords.
10.
to pile or stack up (wood) in cords.
11.
to furnish with a cord.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English coord(e) < Anglo-French, Old French corde < Latin chorda < Greek chordḗ gut; confused in part of its history with chord1

corder, noun
cordlike, adjective

chord, cord.
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cord (kɔːd)
 
n
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), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): flex a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mains
6.  anatomy any part resembling a string or rope: the spinal cord
7.  a unit of volume for measuring cut wood, equal to 128 cubic feet
 
vb
8.  to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
9.  to stack (wood) in cords
 
[C13: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda cord, from Greek khordē; see chord1]
 
'corder
 
n
 
'cordlike
 
adj

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cord
c.1300, from O.Fr. corde, from L. chorda "string, gut," from Gk. khorde "string, catgut, chord, cord," from PIE base *gher- "intestine." 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.
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cord or chord (kôrd)
n.
A long ropelike bodily structure, such as a nerve or tendon.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
CORD
Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors
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Cord definition


frequently used in its proper sense, for fastening a tent (Ex. 35:18; 39:40), yoking animals to a cart (Isa. 5:18), binding prisoners (Judg. 15:13; Ps. 2:3; 129:4), and measuring ground (2 Sam. 8;2; Ps. 78:55). Figuratively, death is spoken of as the giving way of the tent-cord (Job 4:21. "Is not their tent-cord plucked up?" R.V.). To gird one's self with a cord was a token of sorrow and humiliation. To stretch a line over a city meant to level it with the ground (Lam. 2:8). The "cords of sin" are the consequences or fruits of sin (Prov. 5:22). A "threefold cord" is a symbol of union (Eccl. 4:12). The "cords of a man" (Hos. 11:4) means that men employ, in inducing each other, methods such as are suitable to men, and not "cords" such as oxen are led by. Isaiah (5:18) says, "Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope." This verse is thus given in the Chaldee paraphrase: "Woe to those who begin to sin by little and little, drawing sin by cords of vanity: these sins grow and increase till they are strong and are like a cart rope." This may be the true meaning. The wicked at first draw sin with a slender cord; but by-and-by their sins increase, and they are drawn after them by a cart rope. Henderson in his commentary says: "The meaning is that the persons described were not satisfied with ordinary modes of provoking the Deity, and the consequent ordinary approach of his vengeance, but, as it were, yoked themselves in the harness of iniquity, and, putting forth all their strength, drew down upon themselves, with accelerated speed, the load of punishment which their sins deserved."

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cord

unit of volume for measuring stacked firewood. A cord is generally equivalent to a stack 4 4 8 feet (128 cubic feet), and its principal subdivision is the cord foot, which measures 4 4 1 feet. A standard cord consists of sticks or pieces 4 feet long stacked in a 4 8-foot rick. A short cord is a 4 8-foot rick of pieces shorter than 4 feet, and a long cord is a similar rick of pieces longer than 4 feet. A face cord is a 4 8-foot stack of pieces 1 foot long. The cord was originally devised in order to measure firewood and was so named because a line, string, or cord was used to tie the wood into a bundle.

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