from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A worsted fabric with a distinct diagonal rib.
- n. A strong twisted or braided cord sometimes used in making whiplashes.
- n. Catgut.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hard, twisted cord used for making whiplashes.
- n. A type of catgut.
- n. A strong worsted fabric, with a diagonal rib.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of hard-twisted or braided cord, sometimes used for making whiplashes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A weave showing a corded effect or pattern running lengthwise of the fabric.
- n. A strong twisted hempen cord, so called because lashes or snappers of whips are made from it.
- n. A cord or string of catgut.
- n. A seaweed, Chorda filum, having a very long, slender, whip-like frond. See Chorda, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips
- n. a strong worsted or cotton fabric with a diagonal rib
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It is no wonder that Ritson, in the historical essay prefixed to his collection of _Scottish Songs_, should speak of some of these ballads with a zest as if he would have sacrificed half his library to untie the said "whipcord" packet.
He wore blue jerseys, and blue shirts which her mother called Aertex, and tweed ties and whipcord trousers.
The wealthy financier was well known in upper crust social circles, and generally thought something of a fop, but his steely gaze and his whipcord muscles flexing like steel bands beneath the dark fabric of his suit would brook no delay.
The Enforcement detective had no Psy abilities, and unlike the butcher sitting across from her, his body was whipcord lean.
(Somehow one always watches that tiny head, and its yoke of yellow around the neck, all lifted marginally above the water's surface, and miss the whipcord of black-banded green that lashes behind.)
People keep telling me I'm a large, hairy, bearlike person, but deep inside I'm whipcord-thin Eurotrash in a pastel linen jacket and designer shades.
The lash, however, was curled upon itself and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord.
His face was bent downward, his shoulders bowed, his lips compressed, and the veins stood out like whipcord in his long, sinewy neck.
The sight of the safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to finally dispel any doubts which may have remained.
For a split second I wondered if his last threat had meant that he'd tackle me bare-handed, and if perhaps I was stronger than he ... but no, in my lusty youth perhaps, but not now against that lithe young athlete, all steel and whipcord.