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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


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


corder noun

Synonyms for cord

Synonyms: Noun

bond, cement, knot, ligature, link, tie

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Examples of cord in a Sentence


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

Since then, the brand has released a few versions of the dryer—some in different colors, a pro version with longer cords—but it's left everyone hooked on its magic wondering what's next outside of vacuums and humidifiers. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Dyson Made a $500 Dryer That Literally Curls Your Hair for You," 9 Oct. 2018 Two inmates hanged themselves with telephone cords and nearly a dozen attempted to do so before jail officials began to consider installing cordless phones, the report said. Cindy Chang,, "LAPD hasn't taken basic measures to prevent suicides in its jails, scathing report says," 15 June 2018 So like Plume's first-generation pods, a Superpod won't ugly up the joint with snaky power cords or clutter up any bookshelf or table space. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Exclusive: Plume’s new “Superpod” hardware is here—and it’s fast," 12 June 2018 Tesla Model 3 is just the prong on the charge cord of available plug-in vehicles. Mark Phelan,, "Where are the plug-in SUVs? Automakers ignore what buyers want," 12 June 2018 It's tinged with folk touches, fleshed out with clear guitar cords and lots of organic textures. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance's Ones to Watch: May 2018," 25 May 2018 That’s in large part because of the technological changes fueling cord-cutting among TV consumers, which threatens to undermine traditional cable television, and which the merger was intended to respond to. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Giuliani Said Trump Killed AT&T Time Warner Merger, But the White House Says He’s Wrong," 12 May 2018 His body is bound tightly with cords and straightened with long, wooden planks - seemingly to keep him upright and aerodynamic. Matthew Acton, Fox News, "ISIS fanatics turn captured Syrian soldier into missile, attach bomb to his head before tossing him," 1 May 2018 Tesla Model 3 is just the prong on the charge cord of available plug-in vehicles. Colin Campbell,, "Maryland's utilities propose spending $104 million on statewide electric-vehicle charging network," 26 Mar. 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,, "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 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


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cord


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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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


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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


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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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