- 1 [mass noun] Thin, flexible string or rope made from several twisted strands: her feet were tied with cordMore example sentences
- Alaine nodded and began rummaging round in the small dark brown suede money pouch she wore on a loose thin strand of black cord around her waist.
- To keep the deer from munching on the daylilies out front, they put a single strand of white cord along the entire length of the split rail fence.
- Cut the string or cord to the desired length, and thread it through the first bead.
- 1.1 [count noun] A length of cord: a dressing-gown cordMore example sentences
- In your marketplace they traded with you beautiful garments, blue fabric, embroidered work and multicolored rugs with cords twisted and tightly knotted.
- Also, the rails carried black cords with black tassels hanging down, giving a sombre effect to the wooden coffin clamped to the trolley platform.
- The bungee jumpers now use special harnesses and strong elastic cords.
- 1.2 [count noun] An anatomical structure resembling a length of cord (e.g. the spinal cord, the umbilical cord): the baby was still attached to its mother by the cordMore example sentences
- The tendon is a cord that attaches a muscle to another body part.
- As they do this, they travel through a gap in the muscles of the abdomen, which then closes around the cords by which the testicles are attached.
- A cluster of nerve cells within the cord or brain is called a nucleus.
- 1.3 [count noun] An electric flex: she began toying with the telephone cordMore example sentences
- Many works are connected to the wall by wires or electrical cords, which generate an invisible but dynamic source of energy in her work.
- She was used to the slight buzz of the electrical cords, but these wires hummed.
- So the last thing he wanted was a big-screen TV and a mess of electrical wires and cords invading the calm.
- 2 [mass noun] Ribbed fabric, especially corduroy: the cloth for their suits was cord [as modifier]: cord jacketsMore example sentences
- I dressed up in a long skirt and black cord jacket and we went shopping first.
- Confirmation comes when the photo-shoot of the duo comes in - Susannah has her bosom stuffed into the very same cord jacket.
- Yes, I was that person who wore purple cord dungarees and a purple jumper, like some ghastly walking advert for Cadbury's Dairy Milk.
- 2.1 (cords) Corduroy trousers: he was dressed in faded black cordsMore example sentences
- Fall 2002 is marked by a retro look, which is highlighted by the re-emergence of corduroys, only these cords have thin ridges rather than the thicker ones that were popular last year.
- Jeans, cords and heavier types of trousers can be folded, as their thickness will generally prevent them from creasing.
- And the label's range is growing - having recently added cords and mini-skirts to the line in a palette that ranges from dazzling fucshia and apple to earthy khaki and grey.
- 2.2A cord-like rib on fabric.More example sentences
- Updated in wide chunky cord, team with a wrap skirt and chunky polo neck.
- 3A measure of cut wood (usually 128 cu. ft, 3.62 cubic metres).More example sentences
- Firewood is generally sold by volume, the most common measure being the cord.
- Today I got two cords of seasoned wood delivered, and I started tossing it in the barn.
- Several cords of wood were stacked under a car-port roof and also they had a large, brick barbecue with a handy, half-gallon of kerosene in a plastic container.
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- Attach a cord to: (as adjective corded) a corded curtain track you will need to cord the blindMore example sentences
- Don't ask why, but Jackson's bungee cording shoeboxes of cookies to our bikes as we set out on a long early evening tour of the bike path.
- To stabilize a buttonhole, cord it with buttonhole twist, gimp or elastic thread.
- Plus, in instances when you need to carry larger gear, the bag can be removed, and gear can be bungee corded directly to the rack.
cut the (umbilical) cord
- Cease to rely on someone or something protective or supportive and begin to act independently: the true innovators of hard rock, like Jimi Hendrix, finally cut the umbilical cord to traditional rock ‘n’ rollMore example sentences
- As much as I love this shack, it's time to go, and I'm perfectly capable of cutting the cord and heading up the hill.
- Two years ago, the charismatic young republican seemed to have marched the islanders close to cutting the cord with Copenhagen.
- ‘I never really cut the umbilical cord from Scotland,’ he shrugs.
Middle English: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē 'gut, string of a musical instrument'.
See chord2 (usage)