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cord

noun \ ˈkȯrd \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of cord

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 : a moral, spiritual, or emotional bond
3 a : an anatomical structure (such 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 : a unit of wood cut for fuel equal to a stack 4 x 4 x 8 feet or 128 cubic feet
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) cords plural : trousers made of such a fabric

Examples of cord in a Sentence

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of cord

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


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cord

verb

Definition of cord

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

corder

noun

Recent Examples of cord from the Web

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First Known Use of cord

15th century

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CORD Defined for English Language Learners

cord

noun

Definition of cord for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

cord

noun \ ˈkȯrd \

Definition of cord for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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 1


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