cordage

noun

cord·​age ˈkȯr-dij How to pronounce cordage (audio)
1
: ropes or cords
especially : the ropes in the rigging of a ship
2
: the number of cords (as of wood) on a given area

Examples of cordage in a Sentence

a company that produced cordage for ships
Recent Examples on the Web Tightly lash the ridge pole with strong cordage and consider supporting it with by propping it up on additional vertical logs lashed to the trees on either side. Popular Science, 23 Feb. 2021 Then repeat those steps with the second piece of cordage. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 12 July 2023 There’s also a butt-end pry bar and a notch on the spine of the blade for hooking cordage or scoring materials. Justin Park, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2023 To some, the items stockpiled in the carport at Marzan’s home, which is in Manoa, on Oahu, might look like clutter: paper cordage, an array of tree branches, homemade fish traps and swordfish bills. Sarah Sekula, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2023 Meanwhile, his fingers are busy looping together paper cordage that will eventually be part of a larger installation piece in an upcoming show. Sarah Sekula, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2023 This fantastic book details the author’s five C’s of survivability: cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2023 In fact, early examples of cordage could count as an indication of a much more intensive fiber industry, potentially involving the production of fabrics, bags, baskets and nets. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 20 Feb. 2023 There are lots of hooks and taut lines of cordage to hang up wet gear, and the outdoor firepit is a great place to get some fresh air. David Gladish, Outside Online, 31 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Anglo-French, from corde "string, rope, cord entry 1" + -age -age

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cordage was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Cordage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cordage. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

cordage

noun
cord·​age ˈkȯrd-ij How to pronounce cordage (audio)
1
: ropes or cords
especially : the ropes in the rigging of a ship
2
: the number of cords of wood on a specified area

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