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
CORDER 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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