fiber and wire ropes, lines, hawsers, etc., taken as a whole, especially with reference to the rigging and other equipment of a vessel.
a quantity of wood measured in cords.

1480–90; cord + -age Unabridged
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cordage (ˈkɔːdɪdʒ)
1.  nautical the lines and rigging of a vessel
2.  an amount of wood measured in cords

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Word Origin & History

"ropes, especially on a ship," late 15c., from Fr. cordage, from corde "cord" (see cord).
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Example sentences
The trade in ropes, cordage, and other marine stores is also looking up.
Only the rope, cordage, and twine subsector grew over the period.
Cordage, made from the inner bark of cottonwood or milkweed, held the rest of
  the fibers hanging freely.
Boys learned the art of making cordage and creating rabbit skin blankets.
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