cord

noun
\ ˈkȯrd How to pronounce cord (audio) \

Definition of cord

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : a moral, spiritual, or emotional bond
3a : an anatomical structure (such as a nerve or tendon) resembling a cord especially : umbilical cord sense 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 : a unit of wood cut for fuel equal to a stack 4 x 4 x 8 feet or 128 cubic feet
5a : 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) cords plural : trousers made of such a fabric

cord

verb
corded; cording; cords

Definition of cord (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish, bind, or connect with a cord
2 : to pile up (wood) in cords

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Verb

corder noun

Synonyms for cord

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cord in a Sentence

Noun She wore the key on a cord around her neck. They used cords to tie the tent to the trees.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The main downside is the length of its power cord, which is shorter than most at 5 feet. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 16 June 2022 One Lab tester praised its extra-long cord, which is super convenient to have on hand for snug hotel bathrooms. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2022 Its long cord allows the robot to clean pools up to 50 feet in length. Adria Greenhauff, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 May 2022 The dish itself, its cord, and stand are weatherproof. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 2 Apr. 2022 The Lyriq comes bundled with a dual voltage charge cord that will charge at up to 7.7-kW from a 240V outlet but it can be charged at 19.2-kW from an 80A wall charger for customers that want to install one. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Plus, it's designed with a 20-foot power cord, giving you plenty of room to maneuver the device around the house. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 17 May 2022 Other parishioners then hogtied him with an electric cord. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 The Lyriq comes with a portable dual-level cord set charger that can be used on both 120-volt and 240-volt outlets. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That means a minimal number of poles, preferably shock-corded for fast assembly, and tent clips that snap onto the pole system without a wrestling match. The Editors, Field & Stream, 15 Apr. 2020 All the freedom of a free-roaming gas chainsaw with the environmental sensitivity of a corded electric. Popular Science, 15 Apr. 2020 This corded jigsaw from Black+Decker features a five-amp variable speed motor and an adjustable shoe that’s great for making perfect bevel cuts at an angle of up to 45 degrees. Popular Science, 17 Apr. 2020 Above the impressively broad shoulders is a hump resembling that of a Plains bison, but the hair of a musk ox is more like a mountain goat’s, long and corded, with a woolly underlayer to insulate it from the arctic cold. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, 21 Feb. 2020 Pros: The fit was good and the product is well made, with an interior flap under the zipper, corded edging, and finished seams. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2010 Rotary tools are available in both corded electric and cordless versions. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 24 July 2019 Fearn’s office, empty, shows on a screen, forest-tall metal bookshelves bungee-corded together in the background. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 29 July 2019 Jabra's Move headphones work wirelessly or corded with the included 3.5mm headphone cable. Wired Staff, WIRED, 15 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cord

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cord

Noun

Middle English cord, corde, borrowed from Anglo-French corde "string, rope," going back to Latin chorda, corda "tripe, string of a musical instrument," borrowed from Greek khordḗ "catgut, string of a musical instrument, sausage," in plural "guts, tripe" — more at yarn entry 1

Verb

Middle English corden "to string a bow," in part derivative of cord, corde cord entry 1, in part borrowed from Anglo-French corder "to tie with a cord"

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The first known use of cord was in the 14th century

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“Cord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cord. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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cord

noun
\ ˈkȯrd How to pronounce cord (audio) \

Kids Definition of cord

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

cord

noun
\ ˈkȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce cord (audio) \

Medical Definition of cord

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

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