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 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, "Ancient Native Americans were among the world’s first coppersmiths," 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, "Best Waterproof Phone Pouch: Smart Ways to Protect A Smartphone," 5 Jan. 2021 Manuel carefully coils cordage made with agave fibers into a traditional O’odham burden basket. AZCentral.com, "Native plants become Native art. What happens when they're gone?," 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, "How many turkey feathers does it take to make an ancient blanket? 11,500," 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, "10 caveperson survival skills you need to know," 31 Aug. 2020 If not, a little duct tape and cordage will give them some repair options without giving them too many opportunities to hurt themselves. Popular Science, "11 essential items for four specialized survival kits," 18 Aug. 2020 If not, a little duct tape and cordage will give them some repair options without giving them too many opportunities to hurt themselves. Popular Science, "11 essential items for four specialized survival kits," 18 Aug. 2020 This is where cordage production comes in as the unsung hero of backcountry survival. Popular Science, "10 caveperson survival skills you need to know," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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2 Apr 2021

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“Cordage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cordage. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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cordage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cordage

: ropes or cords

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