from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A worsted fabric with a distinct diagonal rib.
  • noun A strong twisted or braided cord sometimes used in making whiplashes.
  • noun Catgut.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A weave showing a corded effect or pattern running lengthwise of the fabric.
  • noun A strong twisted hempen cord, so called because lashes or snappers of whips are made from it.
  • noun A cord or string of catgut.
  • noun A seaweed, Chorda filum, having a very long, slender, whip-like frond. See Chorda, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of hard-twisted or braided cord, sometimes used for making whiplashes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A hard, twisted cord used for making whiplashes.
  • noun A type of catgut.
  • noun A strong worsted fabric, with a diagonal rib.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips
  • noun a strong worsted or cotton fabric with a diagonal rib


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