cordage

noun
cord·​age | \ ˈkȯr-dij How to pronounce cordage (audio) \

Definition of cordage

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 Stone blades also come in handy for peeling bark to make cordage, and sawing and whittling other survival tools. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "How to Make Primitive Survival Weapons in the Bush," 24 Apr. 2020 Named for the path of life-sustaining plants carried in voyaging canoes with Polynesian voyagers, canoe plants were important for all life’s vital needs: food, medicine, fabric, containers, and cordage. National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Journeys Along Hawaii’s Hana Coast," 2 July 2019 The continent’s earliest native people ate the fruit and even used the tree’s fibrous inner bark for cordage and textiles. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide To Growing Pawpaw—The Delicious Fruit You're Not Eating," 12 Jan. 2018 Improvements in rope have made the cordage stronger and therefore harder for whales to escape, leading to a surge in the number of extreme cases of entanglement. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "These whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say — unless we act now to save them," 20 Apr. 2018 Improvements in rope have made the cordage stronger and therefore harder for whales to escape, leading to a surge in the number of extreme cases of entanglement. Sarah Kaplan, BostonGlobe.com, "N. Atlantic right whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say - unless we act now to save them," 20 Apr. 2018 The cordage plants were the same types that Lee’s mother, Elizabeth, used in her traditional weaving. Soleil Ho, GQ, "Kohanaiki: Where the Mega-Rich Hide Away on Hawai'i," 20 Apr. 2018 Plants for fiber Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) has strong and flexible fibers from leaves; only the fibers along the outside of each leaf were used to make cordage. Patrice Hanlon, The Mercury News, "Making fibers and dyes from plants in your garden," 18 May 2017 Learn what plants are good for rope making and learn how to make cordage. charlotteobserver, "Happening nearby Lake Norman: June 21-27, 2017," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of cordage

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cordage

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

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The first known use of cordage was in 1582

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15 May 2020

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“Cordage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cordage. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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cordage

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English Language Learners Definition of cordage

: ropes or cords

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