noun \ˈkrd\

: 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

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
:  a moral, spiritual, or emotional bond
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
:  a unit of wood cut for fuel equal to a stack 4 x 4 x 8 feet or 128 cubic feet
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

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral



Definition of CORD

transitive verb
:  to furnish, bind, or connect with a cord
:  to pile up (wood) in cords
cord·er noun

First Known Use of CORD

15th century

Other Wood Production Terms

lumber, punk
CORD[2] Defined for Kids


noun \ˈkrd\

Definition of CORD for Kids

:  a covered electrical wire used to connect an electrical appliance with an outlet
:  material like a small thin rope that is used mostly for tying things
:  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)
:  a rib or ridge woven into cloth
:  a ribbed fabric
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈk(ə)rd\

Medical Definition of CORD

:  a long slender flexible material usually consisting of several strands (as of thread or yarn) woven or twisted together
:  a slender flexible anatomical structure (as a nerve)—see spermatic cord, spinal cord, umbilical cord, vocal cord 1


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