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[kawr-dij] /ˈkɔr dɪdʒ/
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.
Origin of cordage
1480-90; cord + -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cordage
  • 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.
  • The fibers could be twisted into cordage that was used as rope.
  • The inner bark of the plant and the silk from the seed pods were used to make fiber and cordage.
British Dictionary definitions for cordage


(nautical) the lines and rigging of a vessel
an amount of wood measured in cords
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Word Origin and History for cordage

"ropes, especially on a ship," late 15c., from Old French cordage, from corde "cord" (see cord).

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