\ 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


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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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 Residential customers have been cutting the cord for years, but now commercial subscribers to pay-TV companies have started jumping into the cancellation heap, The Wall Street Journal reports. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Shuttered restaurants, bars, hotels speed up TV cord-cutting even more," 11 May 2020 More trouble could come to the company’s TV division if a recession leads to a prolonged drop in advertising revenue and an acceleration in cord-cutting. Los Angeles Times, "After coronavirus and 100,000 furloughs, where does Disney go from here?," 5 May 2020 Rutledge later on the call reiterated past comments that the high cost is the main challenge for pay TV services, which have been affected by cord-cutting amid the rise of streaming video services. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Charter CEO Speaks Out for Pay TV Subscriber Rebates for Canceled Sports Events," 1 May 2020 In 2020 on-demand streaming services dominate the entertainment landscape, cord-cutting is rampant, and the most popular video subscription service—Hulu's longtime nemesis Netflix—is ad-free. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "WarnerMedia’s new CEO hire is both logical and unexpected," 4 Apr. 2020 Those numbers have not entirely offset the NBA’s declining television rating stemminged from either cord-cutting, downgraded cable packages and extensive injuries to the league’s star players. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "NBA All-Star weekend: TV ratings receive bump amid season of declining viewers," 17 Feb. 2020 For all the talk of cord-cutting and the rise of the digital campaign, cable television remains central to politics. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Has an MSNBC Problem," 12 Feb. 2020 In Netflix’s early years, cable TV subscriptions were still growing and cord-cutting hadn’t gained momentum. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Disney Reports More Than 26 Million Subscribers to New Streaming Service," 4 Feb. 2020 The panic that sports TV rights fees could crater in light of cord-cutting and rising costs has subsided. John Talty |, al, "Inside the SEC on CBS contract discussions and what could come next," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 With chic wave-like cutouts and lacey cording details, the Free Spirit is the most stylish, but the outsole material can feel a little slick on floors. Karen Campbell,, "Hybrid footwear for all terrains," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of cord


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cord


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


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

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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


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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


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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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