from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slender length of flexible material usually made of twisted strands or fibers and used to bind, tie, connect, or support.
- n. An insulated flexible electric wire fitted with a plug or plugs.
- n. A hangman's rope.
- n. An influence, feeling, or force that binds or restrains; a bond or tie.
- n. Anatomy A long ropelike structure, such as a nerve or tendon: a spinal cord.
- n. A raised rib on the surface of cloth.
- n. A fabric or cloth with such ribs.
- n. Trousers made of corduroy.
- n. 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 v. To fasten or bind with a cord: corded the stack of old newspapers and placed them in the recycling bin.
- transitive v. To furnish with a cord.
- transitive v. To pile (wood) in cords.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A unit of measurement for firewood, equal to 128 cubic feet (4 x 4 x 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.
- n. See cords.
- n. Common misspelling of chord: a cross-section measurement of an aircraft wing.
- v. To furnish with cords
- v. To tie or fasten with cords
- v. To flatten a book during binding
- v. To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A string, or small rope, composed of several strands twisted together.
- n. 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.
- n. Fig.: Any moral influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord; an enticement.
- n. Any structure having the appearance of a cord, esp. a tendon or a nerve. See under Spermatic, Spinal, Umbilical, Vocal.
- n. See Chord.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A string or small rope composed of several strands of thread or vegetable fiber, twisted or woven together.
- n. Something resembling a cord in form or function.
- n. A quantity of firewood or other material, originally measured with a cord or line; a pile containing 128 cubic feet, or a pile 8 feet long, 4 feet high, and 4 feet broad.
- n. A measure of length in several countries.
- n. A measure of land. In Brittany it was 73.6 English square yards.
- n. Figuratively, any influence which binds, restrains, draws, etc.: a frequent use of the term in Scripture: as, the cords of the wicked (Ps. cxxix. 4); the cords of his sins (Prov. v. 22); cords of vanity (Isa. v. 18); the cords of a man —that is, the bands or influence of love (Hos. xi. 4).
- n. A strong ribbed fustian; corduroy.
- n. In fancy weaving, the interval between two vertical lines of the design.
- To bind with cord or rope; fasten with cords: as, to cord a trunk.
- To pile up, as wood or other material, for measurement and sale by the cord.
- In bookbinding, to tie (a book) firmly between two boards until it is dry, so as to insure perfect smoothness in the cover.
- To accord; harmonize; agree.
- n. An imperfection on the surface of glass. See cordy.
- To become hard and cord-like: noting a condition occasionally encountered in the blood-vessels.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a light insulated conductor for household use
- n. a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet
- v. bind or tie with a cord
- n. a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
- v. stack in cords
- n. a line made of twisted fibers or threads
Middle English, from Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Ancient Greek (Doric) χορδά (khorda), Ionic χορδή (khorde, "string of gut, the string of a lyre") (Wiktionary)