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Webster 1913 Edition


Cord

Cord

(kôrd)
,
Noun.
[F.
corde
, L.
chorda
catgut, chord, cord, fr. Gr.
χορδή
; cf.
χολάδεσ
intestines, L.
harus
pex soothsayer (inspector of entrails), Icel.
görn
, pl.
garnir
gut, and E.
yarn
. Cf.
Chord
,
Yarn
.]
1.
A string, or small rope, composed of several strands twisted together.
2.
A solid measure, equivalent to 128 cubic feet; a pile of wood, or other coarse material, eight feet long, four feet high, and four feet broad; – originally measured with a cord or line.
3.
Fig.: Any moral influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord; an enticement;
as, the
cords
of the wicked; the
cords
of sin; the
cords
of vanity
.
The knots that tangle human creeds,
The wounding
cords
that bind and strain
The heart until it bleeds.
Tennyson.
4.
(Anat.)
Any structure having the appearance of a cord, esp. a tendon or a nerve. See under
Spermatic
,
Spinal
,
Umbilical
,
Vocal
.
5.
(Mus.)
See
Chord
.
[Obs.]
Cord wood
,
wood for fuel cut to the length of four feet (when of full measure).

Cord

(kôrd)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Corded
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Cording
.]
1.
To bind with a cord; to fasten with cords; to connect with cords; to ornament or finish with a cord or cords, as a garment.
2.
To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cord

CORD

,
Noun.
[L. Gr. According to the Welsh, this word signifies a twist, from cor, the root of chorus.]
1.
A string, or small rope, composed of several strands twisted together. Rahab let down the spies by a cord through the window. Joshua 2.
2.
A quantity of wood, or other material, originally measured with a cord or line. The cord is a pile containing 128 cubic feet; or a pile eight feet long, four feet high, and four feet broad.
3.
In scripture, the cords of the wicked are the snares with which they catch the unwary. Psalm 129.
The cords of sin are bad habits, or the consequences of sin. Proverbs 5.
The cords of a man are the fair, gentle or natural means of alluring men to obedience. Hosea 11.
The cords of vanity are worldly vanities and pleasures, profit or preferment; or vain and deceitful arguments and pretenses, which draw men to sin. Isaiah 5.
To stretch a line or cord about a city, is to level it, or utterly to destroy it. Lamentations. 2.
The cords of a tent denote stability. To loosen or break the cords, is to weaken or destroy; to lengthen the cords, is to enlarge. Job 30. Isaiah 54. Jeremiah 10.

CORD

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To bind with a cord or rope; to fasten with cords.
2.
To pile wood or other material for measurement and sale by the cord.

Definition 2021


Cord

Cord

See also: cord and còrd

German

Noun

Cord

  1. (textiles) corduroy

cord

cord

See also: Cord and còrd

English

An electrical cord.
Cord consisting of twisted fiber.

Noun

cord (plural cords)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
      Unerringly impelling this dead, impregnable, uninjurable wall, and this most buoyant thing within; there swims behind it all a mass of tremendous life, only to be adequately estimated as piled wood is—by the cord []
  4. (in plural cords) See cords.
  5. Misspelling of chord: a cross-section measurement of an aircraft wing.
  6. Dated form of chord: musical sense.
  7. (figuratively) Any influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord.
    • Tennyson
      The knots that tangle human creeds, / The wounding cords that bind and strain / The heart until it bleeds.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Every detail of the house and garden was familiar; a thousand cords of memory and affection drew him thither; but a stronger counter-motive prevailed.
  8. (anatomy) Any structure having the appearance of a cord, especially a tendon or nerve.
    spermatic cord; spinal cord; umbilical cord; vocal cords

Synonyms

  • (length of twisted strands): cable, twine
  • (wires surrounded by an insulating coating, used to supply electricity): cable, flex
  • See also Wikisaurus:string

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

cord (third-person singular simple present cords, present participle cording, simple past and past participle corded)

  1. To furnish with cords
  2. To tie or fasten with cords
  3. To flatten a book during binding
  4. To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin cor, cordis.

Noun

cord n (plural corduri)

  1. (anatomy) heart

Declension

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