\ 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


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

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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 Only use the charging cord that came with the device. Ron Hurtibise,, "Rechargeable batteries in your favorite devices can ignite and burn down your house," 18 Nov. 2019 The catheter was poking up from your cranium, its cord stretched back as taut as a tightrope., "In 'Finding Chika,' Albom reveals his family's devastating love story," 3 Nov. 2019 According to police, Pawlak was carrying a backpack that contained pairs of designer sunglasses, a Gucci wallet, several cellphone charging cords and 16 grams of suspected marijuana. Pioneer Press Staff,, "Park Ridge police: Man found with stolen items; indecent exposure reported at grocery store," 24 Sep. 2019 Your best bet: Buy a bundle of charging cords on Amazon for a cool $15. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "You Probably Shouldn't Use a Random Cable to Charge Your iPhone," 13 Aug. 2019 That means cutting the cord with Eriksen, Unai Emery style., "It's Time for Mauricio Pochettino to Ditch Christian Eriksen and Go All in on Giovani Lo Celso," 5 Nov. 2019 In response to challenges on multiple fronts – viewers cutting the cord, competition from pioneers like Netflix, changing consumer demands – more and more companies are charging onto the streaming battlefield. oregonlive, "The streaming wars heat up, as Apple TV+ launches a mixed bag of original series this week," 30 Oct. 2019 This suggests that the unwieldiness of cable and satellite TV subscriptions wasn’t the only thing that caused customers to cut the cord. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "As AT&T’s cord-cutting losses mount, its HBO Max streaming service can’t get here fast enough," 28 Oct. 2019 Radio is hyperfragmented, as is television, with former cable customers cutting the cord. William Thornton |, al, "Is there a future for shopping malls?," 13 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rotary tools are available in both corded electric and cordless versions. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Sharpen Your Chainsaw Like a Pro," 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, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019 Jabra's Move headphones work wirelessly or corded with the included 3.5mm headphone cable. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The 47 Best Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals," 15 July 2019 With chic wave-like cutouts and lacey cording details, the Free Spirit is the most stylish, but the outsole material can feel a little slick on floors. Karen Campbell,, "Hybrid footwear for all terrains," 4 July 2019 This is one of the only wireless headsets that will work with Nintendo's mobile chatting app, and corded, for online multiplayer. Jess Grey, WIRED, "The Best E3 Game and Gear Sales for Consoles and PC," 10 June 2019 Unfortunately the miter saw is the only Dewalt tool capable of going corded, for now. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Go Corded or Cordless with Metabo HPT MultiVolt Power Tools," 19 Oct. 2018 Cordless or corded — what are the advantages of each? Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "8 Dyson Vacuum Cleaners Are on Sale for Up to $150 Off," 1 Mar. 2019 Well-made with cording around edges and a flap under the zipper for further protection The testers found this product very comfortable to sleep on. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Best Anti-Allergy Bedding," 10 Aug. 2010

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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 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


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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10 Dec 2019

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“Cord.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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