A cord is a thin rope made of strands of twisted material. You might tie a package with a cord or wear a black cord hung with a silver charm around your neck.

Clothing can be decorated with pieces of cord or feature a cord tied like a belt around the waist. Another kind of cord is the electrical kind, which is usually made of plastic. Firewood is measured in units that are also called cords, each one about 128 cubic feet. This type of cord got its name in the 17th century from the way the wood was measured: by tying a length of cord around it.

Primary Meanings of cord

a line made of twisted fibers or threads
bind or tie with a cord
a light insulated conductor for household use
a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet
stack in cords
a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
Full Definitions of cord

n a line made of twisted fibers or threads

“the bundle was tied with a cord
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a cord (usually of goat's hair) that Arabs (especially Bedouins) wind around their heads to hold down the kaffiyeh
apron string
(usually used in the plural) a cord used to tie an apron at the waist
the string of an archer's bow
catgut, gut
a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery
chenille, chenille cord
a soft tufted cord used in embroidery
the cords used to suspend a hammock
a cord on which clothes are hung to dry
fishing line
a length of cord to which the leader and float and sinker and hook are attached
lace, lacing
a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
laniard, lanyard
a cord worn around the neck to hold a knife or whistle
laniard, lanyard
a cord with an attached hook that is used to fire certain types of cannon
log line
a knotted cord that runs out from a reel to a piece of wood that is attached to it
a thin strip of covered cord used to edge hems
perpendicular, plumb line
a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity; used to determine the vertical from a given point
a cord that is pulled to open a parachute from its pack during a descent
a cord that is pulled to open the gasbag of a balloon wide enough to release gas and so causes the balloon to descend
sash cord, sash line
a strong cord connecting a sash weight to a sliding sash
a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely
static line
a cord used instead of a ripcord to open a parachute; the cord is attached at one end to the aircraft and temporarily attached to the pack of a parachute at the other; it opens the parachute after the jumper is clear of the plane
string, twine
a lightweight cord
a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed
thread, yarn
a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied
closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips
taper, wick
a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
any piece of cord that conveys liquid by capillary action
a long lace for fastening boots
the wick of a candle
chalk line, snap line, snapline
a chalked string used in the building trades to make a straight line on a vertical surface
thread made of cotton fibers
dental floss, floss
a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
drawing string, drawstring, string
a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening
a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
hand line, handline
a fishing line managed principally by hand
yarn that has an elastic core wound around with cotton or silk or nylon or rayon threads
lead line, sounding line
(nautical) plumb line for determining depth
thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood)
a yarn made partly or entirely of metal
a fishing line with baited hooks left in the water to catch fish over night
a strong three-ply twine used to sew or tie packages
nap, pile
the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave
plumb rule
a plumb line attached to a narrow board
gold or silver wire thread
shoe lace, shoe string, shoelace, shoestring
a lace used for fastening shoes
strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit
thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together
a thread with glittering metal foil attached
setline, spiller, trawl, trawl line, trotline
a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)
yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof
filling, pick, weft, woof
the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
worsted, worsted yarn
a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
Type of:
something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

v bind or tie with a cord

Type of:
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

n a light insulated conductor for household use

electric cord
extension cord
an electric cord used to extend the length of a power cord
power cord
a cord to conduct power to an electrical appliance
Type of:
a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.

n a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet

v stack in cords

cord firewood”
Type of:
heap, pile, stack
arrange in stacks

n a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton

Bedford cord
a heavy corded fabric similar to corduroy; used for clothing
narrow wale
corduroy with narrow ribs
wide wale
corduroy with wide ribs
Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

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