cord

noun
\ˈkȯrd \

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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Other Words from cord

Verb

corder noun

Synonyms for cord

Synonyms: Noun

bond, cement, knot, ligature, link, tie

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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

Prosecutors said Hinton abused several women over the years, using his hands, a stove pipe, a stick and possibly an electrical cord as weapons. Washington Post, "Family sees justice in teen’s death more a decade later," 11 July 2018 He was found murdered in his Scottsdale apartment on June 29, 1978, his skull bashed in with a blunt object and an electrical cord around his neck. John D'anna, azcentral, "'Hogan's Heroes' star Bob Crane was murdered 40 years ago. Why does it still fascinate us?," 29 June 2018 Items taken included a wallet, baseball bag, sunglasses, loose change and phone charging cords. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Five cars entered in one night in Western Springs," 12 July 2018 But as cord-cutting becomes more popular, a counterintuitive trend is emerging: higher streaming TV prices and bundling, this time among Internet streaming services. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Cord cutter dé​​​​​​​jà vu: Streaming channels are looking more like those hated cable TV bundles," 12 July 2018 Related Univision, like other big media companies, has struggled to adapt to a changing media landscape as cable TV cord-cutting has accelerated, putting pressure on subscription and advertising revenues for cable channels and broadcasters alike. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Univision Confirms It is Exploring Sale of Fusion Media Group Assets," 10 July 2018 Around the room, bare lightbulbs hang close to the floor from long cords. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Charles Desmarais’ art pick for July 15: Susanne Kriemann’s ‘Canopy, canopy’," 7 July 2018 Remembering sympathetic magick, the waning moon is great for banishing work, or cutting cords with a past lover. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Harness the Magical Power of Each Moon Phase," 3 July 2018 Heaven forbid your seatmate needs to make a trip to the loo and gets their feet tangled in your device’s cord that is across their path. latimes.com, "Letters: Here's an easy way to make a San Diego bike trip even easier," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The landline telephone — curly corded, cord-free, rotary or with chunky plastic buttons — used to be a fixture of American homes. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "More than half of U.S. households have ditched landline phones," 7 June 2018 Compact reciprocating saws - corded or cordless - cost $80-$120, depending on make and model. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Fillet blade a cut above the rest for anglers," 6 June 2018 Non-Ombré: Wynn Neon corded rug, $25 at urbanoutfitters.com. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "Longchamp’s New Flagship, Depop Goes Brick-and-Mortar, and Goat Yoga in Bushwick," 15 Apr. 2018 Arceo was not at home at the time, and returned to find his wife lying in a pool of blood, and his daughter cording to court records. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Tears, curses fill Utah court as killer of mother of two is sentenced," 12 Apr. 2018 Amazon's best-selling oscillating power tools are also on sale today, the Porter-Cable PCE605K corded oscillating multi-tool kit. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Help Your Sink Gargle Garbage With Today's Amazon Deals," 15 Nov. 2017 Derived from an Egyptian material called Fustian, this corded, velvet-like material has been worn by squires and slackers, but became associated with the working class during the industrial revolution. Vogue, "The Cords & Co. Opens a Store in SoHo and Exclusively Reveals Its Next Collab with Vogue," 21 Feb. 2018 Sales of most corded window blinds and shades – products blamed for the strangulation deaths of more than 300 U.S. infants and toddlers since 1981 — will come to an end late this year. Rick Schmitt, kansascity, "Fight to stop child strangulation deaths from window blinds reaches milestone," 26 Jan. 2018 Which means the royal watchers were keeping an eye out for the first signs of a baby bump under her cornflower-blue, corded lace dress from Temperley London. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Duchess Kate returns to work; royal watchers play 'spot the baby bump'," 11 Oct. 2017

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

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

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cord

noun

English Language Learners 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

cord

noun
\ˈkȯrd \

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 \

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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