Definition of cord in English:


Syllabification: cord
Pronunciation: /kôrd


1Long thin flexible string or rope made from several twisted strands: hang the picture from a rail on a length of cord
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  • 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.
string, thread, thong, lace, ribbon, strap, tape, tie, line, rope, cable, wire, ligature;
twine, yarn;
braid, braiding;
elastic, bungee (cord)
1.1A length of string or rope used to fasten or move a specified object: a dressing-gown cord
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  • 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.
1.2An 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 cord
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  • 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.
1.3A flexible insulated cable used for carrying electric current to an appliance.
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  • 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.
2Ribbed fabric, especially corduroy: [as modifier]: cord jackets
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  • 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) informal Corduroy pants: he was dressed in faded black cords
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  • 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 cordlike rib on fabric.
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  • Updated in wide chunky cord, team with a wrap skirt and chunky polo neck.
3A measure of cut wood, usually 128 cubic feet (3.62 cu m).
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  • 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.
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  • 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.


Middle English: from Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē 'gut, string of a musical instrument'.


cut the (umbilical) cord

Cease to rely on someone or something protective or supportive and begin to act independently.
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  • 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.



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  • Four appear to be large oval containers with walls of narrow, horizontal, cordlike coils, and they sit on thin rectangular bases.
  • In the continuous type, the spleen is connected to the gonadal-mesonephric tissue by a continuous cordlike structure of fibrous or splenic tissue.
  • Neurons grow cordlike extensions called axons and dendrites, collectively called neurites, that attach to other neurons.

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