cord

noun
\ 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

cord

verb
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

Verb

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 The parts that are permanently attached need special care, as running water could damage the cord or motor. Megan Oster, chicagotribune.com, "How to clean a juicer," 10 Apr. 2021 Benjamin Abramoff, the director of Penn’s post-COVID clinic, is a physiatrist with a specialty in spinal-cord injury. Pamela Weintraub, The Atlantic, "The Way Out of Brain Fog," 9 Apr. 2021 This comes with a DJ style, 9.8-foot standard cord to easily reach. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Podcasting Accessories," 9 Apr. 2021 The vacuum, which weighs approximately 8 pounds, also features an automatic cord retractor and quick dust release on the side of the canister. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "The best affordable vacuums under $100 of 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 Dual-use hanging slot/holes design, the middle slot for lanyard, keychain or retractable carabiner reel clip, the both side holes for the cord/strap/string/thread. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "COVID vaccination card holders, lanyards keep your vaccine info safe; Here’s where to get them," 7 Apr. 2021 Drivers can rest assured that their smartphones will stay secure thanks to the mount’s magnetic cord organizer and adjustable viewing angles. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 7 Apr. 2021 Lastly, the Breville comes with snap-on storage and a swivel cord, both of which are extremely handy features. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best hand mixers of 2021," 2 Apr. 2021 Dish Network's Sling is one of the OG cord cutter options. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to watch MLB’s Opening Day online for free—and without cable," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That means a minimal number of poles, preferably shock-corded for fast assembly, and tent clips that snap onto the pole system without a wrestling match. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Look for in a Two-Person Tent," 15 Apr. 2020 All the freedom of a free-roaming gas chainsaw with the environmental sensitivity of a corded electric. Popular Science, "Great chainsaws for every job, from trims to demolitions," 15 Apr. 2020 This corded jigsaw from Black+Decker features a five-amp variable speed motor and an adjustable shoe that’s great for making perfect bevel cuts at an angle of up to 45 degrees. Popular Science, "The best jigsaws for your next project," 17 Apr. 2020 Above the impressively broad shoulders is a hump resembling that of a Plains bison, but the hair of a musk ox is more like a mountain goat’s, long and corded, with a woolly underlayer to insulate it from the arctic cold. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "A Boat Hunt for Musk Ox and Caribou in Greenland," 21 Feb. 2020 Pros: The fit was good and the product is well made, with an interior flap under the zipper, corded edging, and finished seams. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Best Anti-Allergy Bedding," 10 Aug. 2010 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

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First Known Use of cord

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cord

Noun

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

Verb

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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Time Traveler for cord

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The first known use of cord was in the 14th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Cord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cord. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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cord

noun

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

cord

noun
\ ˈkȯrd How to pronounce cord (audio) \

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

cord

noun
\ ˈkȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce cord (audio) \

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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