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noun \ˈkȯrd\

Simple Definition of cord

  • : a long, thin material that is usually thicker than a string but thinner than a rope

  • : an electrical wire that is wrapped in a protective covering and used to connect a device to a power source

  • : a part of the body that is like a string or rope

Full Definition of cord

  1. 1 a :  a long slender flexible material usually consisting of several strands (as of thread or yarn) woven or twisted together b :  the hangman's rope

  2. 2 :  a moral, spiritual, or emotional bond

  3. 3 a :  an anatomical structure (as a nerve or tendon) resembling a cord; especially :  umbilical cord 1a b :  a small flexible insulated electrical cable having a plug at one or both ends used to connect a lamp or other appliance with a receptacle

  4. 4 :  a unit of wood cut for fuel equal to a stack 4 x 4 x 8 feet or 128 cubic feet

  5. 5 a :  a rib like a cord on a textile b (1) :  a fabric made with such ribs or a garment made of such a fabric (2) plural :  trousers made of such a fabric

Examples of cord

  1. She wore the key on a cord around her neck.

  2. They used cords to tie the tent to the trees.

Origin of cord

Middle English, from Anglo-French corde, from Latin chorda string, from Greek chordē — more at yarn

First Known Use: 14th century




Definition of cord

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish, bind, or connect with a cord

  3. 2 :  to pile up (wood) in cords

cord·er noun

15th Century

First Known Use of cord

15th century

Other Wood Production Terms

CORD Defined for Kids


noun \ˈkȯrd\

Definition of cord

  1. 1 :  a covered electrical wire used to connect an electrical appliance with an outlet

  2. 2 :  material like a small thin rope that is used mostly for tying things

  3. 3 :  an amount of firewood equal to a pile of wood eight feet long, four feet high, and four feet wide or 128 cubic feet (about 3.6 cubic meters)

  4. 4 :  a rib or ridge woven into cloth

  5. 5 :  a ribbed fabric

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈkȯ(ə)rd\

Medical Definition of cord

  1. 1:  a long slender flexible material usually consisting of several strands (as of thread or yarn) woven or twisted together

  2. 2:  a slender flexible anatomical structure (as a nerve)—see spermatic cord, spinal cord, umbilical cord, vocal cord 1

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