Meaning of CORD in English


I. ˈkȯ(ə)rd, -ȯ(ə)d noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French corde, from Latin chorda catgut, chord, cord, from Greek chordē — more at yarn


a. : a long slender flexible roughly cylindrical construction usually of several threads or yarns twisted or woven together and used for tying, binding, or connecting : a small rope : string

b. : the hangman's rope

O, the charity of a penny cord — Shakespeare


(1) : any of various strings for communicating motion in a pattern-weaving or a Jacquard loom

(2) : a space on a design paper representing a warp thread

d. : a heavy string used as a material (as in braid or cordonnet)

e. : any of the heavy strings or small hemp ropes usually four to six in number which extend across the backbone of a book, which are usually attached to the board of the cover and to which the sections are handsewn — called also band

f. : a heavy thread or firm yarn made by tightly twisting together two or more threads or plied yarns and used often in the manufacture of heavy-duty fabrics

g. : one of the round plies forming a multistrand thread

sewing thread is usually 3- cord or 6- cord

2. : a moral, spiritual, or emotional bond or influence by which one is held, drawn, or sustained as if by a cord

the interwoven cords of affection and confidence that wind between her and her husband — Roger Angell


a. : an anatomical structure resembling a cord ; especially : tendon , nerve — see spermatic cord , spinal cord , umbilical cord , vocal cords

b. : a small flexible insulated electrical cable usually consisting of a pair of insulated stranded wires twisted together and having a plug at one or both ends used to connect a lamp, electric iron, toaster, or other appliance with a receptacle

c. : stria 3


a. : any of various units of quantity for wood cut for fuel or pulp ; especially : a unit equal to a stack 4×4×8 foot or 128 cubic feet

b. : a unit for rough building stone equal to 128 cubic feet


a. : a rib like a cord on a textile


(1) : a fabric made with such ribs or a garment made of such a fabric — compare corduroy , whipcord

(2) cords plural : trousers made of such fabric

c. : cord tire

d. : a composition and fabric material used in the outsole of a work shoe or sport shoe

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English corden, from cord, n.

1. : to tie, bind, fasten, or connect with a cord

package already … corded lengthwise — R.V.Morse

2. : to pile up (as wood) in cords ; also : to pile deeply

rooms corded nine feet deep with gold and emeralds — Bernard De Voto

3. : to ornament or finish with cord

4. : to connect the treadles of (a hand loom) by cords with the leaves of the heddles so as to produce the pattern

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.