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[hwip-kawrd, wip-] /ˈʰwɪpˌkɔrd, ˈwɪp-/
a cotton, woolen, or worsted fabric with a steep, diagonally ribbed surface.
a strong, hard-twisted cord, sometimes used for the lashes of whips.
a cord made from the intestines of animals; catgut.
Origin of whipcord
1275-1325; Middle English wyppe-cord. See whip, cord Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ben looked for it upon the stairs, and he found it sticking in a loop of whipcord, which was entangled round one of the balusters.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • whipcord laughed as he let go my throat and began to take off his coat.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • The old man stopped a minute, his whipcord neck swelling, his lips twitching.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • “All very well if you could get your liquor laid on,” said whipcord.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • It needed some strength to keep the position for long, but the muscles of his arms and legs were like whipcord.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • With much persuasion whipcord resumed his coat and seized the reins.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • He took from his pocket a couple of feet of whipcord and handed it to Philo Gubb.

  • His fingers had been busy tying knots in a length of whipcord.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • What was difficult to manage in that mass of whipcord mental fibre, was put into verse and sung.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Name's Mervin; all whipcord and whalebone; springy as a bent bow.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for whipcord


a strong worsted or cotton fabric with a diagonally ribbed surface
a closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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