patch cord

noun

: a wire with a plug at each end that is used to connect electrical devices

Examples of patch cord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, the U.K. plans to push its growing wind harvest south toward London via six more offshore HVDC cables, running shore-to-shore like patch cords in an old-time telephone switchboard. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Dec. 2023 Old-school analog computers had used clunky patch cords on plug boards. Charles Platt, WIRED, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patch cord was in 1926

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“Patch cord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patch%20cord. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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