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[kawrd] /kɔrd/
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 forms
corder, noun
cordlike, adjective
Can be confused
chord, cord, cored. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cord
  • On his left pectoral is a skull with one eyeball dangling from the socket by a cord of veins.
  • Scientists have found that umbilical cord blood may be a new source of organ-growing stem cells.
  • Similar studies have suggested stem cells' potential for conditions such as diabetes and spinal cord injury.
  • Consisting of both grey and white matter, the cerebellum transmits information to the spinal cord and other parts of the brain.
  • Attach a sync cord between the strobe and the camera.
  • Then, sometimes as late as a second or two before impact, you should find the cord to deploy your parachute.
  • It will work with patients with severe spinal cord injuries.
  • Rats treated for spinal cord injuries have regained movement only to develop progressive, lethal neuromas.
  • Now all a driver needs is a cord to plug into his car.
  • Charge comes via an electrical umbilical cord, ie the parent galaxies nuclear jet.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 & Canadian) a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mains Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) flex
(anatomy) any part resembling a string or rope: the spinal cord
a unit of volume for measuring cut wood, equal to 128 cubic feet
verb (transitive)
to bind or furnish with a cord or cords
to stack (wood) in cords
Derived Forms
corder, noun
cordlike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda cord, from Greek khordē; see chord1
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Word Origin and History for cord

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
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cord in Medicine

cord or chord (kôrd)
A long ropelike bodily structure, such as a nerve or tendon.

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cord in the Bible

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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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