Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
a string drawn through a hem, as in the waist of a garment or mouth of a bag, to tighten or close it by taking up the fullness
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A cord or ribbon run through a hem or casing and pulled to tighten or close an opening.