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 Teach them how to make a friction fire with sticks and cordage. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 At the beginning of his journey into making a burden basket, Manuel practiced with cotton cordage to work on the weaving technique, an important part the process., 2 July 2021 Visitors will also be able to participate in outdoor demonstrations like tule mat weaving, acorn grinding and cordage making. Alex Schechter, New York Times, 14 May 2021 Some came from wood or cordage still attached to spearpoints; others came from charcoal, wood, or bone found at mines and human burials. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, 19 Mar. 2021 After all, that stretch of cordage may be all that stands between you and your phone dropping overboard or into a fast current. Field & Stream, 5 Jan. 2021 Manuel carefully coils cordage made with agave fibers into a traditional O’odham burden basket., 17 Dec. 2020 The blanket might have been created all at once, but the authors surmise that additional lengths of cordage and feather batches were probably added over time. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Nov. 2020 And for the more plant-knowledgeable survivor, inner bark fiber from certain trees can be twisted into two-ply cordage of any length and thickness. Popular Science, 31 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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“Cordage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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