- The definition of a cord is string or rope that ties or a measurement of cut firewood.
- An example of a cord is what attaches a plug to a lamp.
- An example of a cord is wood stacked in a pile that is 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 4 feet wide.
- Cordis defined as to attach or secure with a tie, especially a string, rope or wire.
An example of to cord is to connect a wire to a laptop.
- a thick string or thin rope
- any force acting as a tie or bond
Origin of cordfrom use of a cord in measuring a measure of wood cut for fuel, equal to 128 cubic feet (3.6 m), as arranged in a pile 8 feet (2.4 m) long, 4 feet (1.2 m) high, and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide
- a rib on the surface of a fabric
- cloth with a ribbed surface; corduroy
- corduroy trousers
- Anat. any part resembling a cord: the spinal cord, vocal cords, umbilical cord
- Elec. a slender, flexible, insulated electrical cable, as one fitted at one end with an electrical plug to connect a lamp to an outlet
Origin of cordMiddle English and amp; Old French corde ; from Classical Latin chorda ; from Classical Greek chord?, catgut, chord, cord ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gher-, intestine from source yarn
- to fasten, connect, or provide with a cord or cords
- to stack (wood) in cords
cut the cord
Origin of cordwith ref. to the umbilical cord
- A slender length of flexible material usually made of twisted strands or fibers and used to bind, tie, connect, or support. See Usage Note at chord1.
- An insulated flexible electric wire fitted with a plug or plugs.
- A hangman's rope.
- An influence, feeling, or force that binds or restrains; a bond or tie.
- also chord Anatomy A long ropelike structure, such as a nerve or tendon: a spinal cord.
- a. A raised rib on the surface of cloth.b. A fabric or cloth with such ribs.
- cords Pants made of corduroy.
- A unit of quantity for cut fuel wood, equal to a stack measuring 4 × 4 × 8 feet or 128 cubic feet (3.62 cubic meters).
transitive verbcord·ed, cord·ing, cords
- To fasten or bind with a cord: corded the stack of old newspapers and placed them in the recycling bin.
- To furnish with a cord.
- To pile (wood) in cords.
Origin of cordMiddle English, from Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē; see gher&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A long, thin, flexible length of twisted yarns (strands) of fiber (rope, for example); (uncountable) such a length of twisted strands considered as a commodity.
- The burglar tied up the victim with a cord.
- He looped some cord around his fingers.
- A small flexible electrical conductor composed of wires insulated separately or in bundles and assembled together usually with an outer cover; the electrical cord of a lamp, sweeper ((US) vacuum cleaner), or other appliance.
- A unit of measurement for firewood, equal to 128 cubic feet (4 × 4 × 8 feet), composed of logs and/or split logs four feet long and none over eight inches diameter. It is usually seen as a stack four feet high by eight feet long.
- (in plural cords) See cords.
- Common misspelling of chord: a cross-section measurement of an aircraft wing.
- Dated form of chord: musical sense.
- (figuratively) Any influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord.
- (anatomy) Any structure having the appearance of a cord, especially a tendon or nerve.
- spermatic cord; spinal cord; umbilical cord; vocal cords
(third-person singular simple present cords, present participle cording, simple past and past participle corded)