Other forms: cords; corded; cording

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.

Definitions of cord
  1. noun
    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
  2. verb
    bind or tie with a cord
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    bind, tie
    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
  3. noun
    a light insulated conductor for household use
    synonyms: electric cord
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    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.
  4. noun
    a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet
  5. verb
    stack in cords
    cord firewood”
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    heap, pile, stack
    arrange in stacks
  6. noun
    a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
    synonyms: corduroy
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    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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Commonly confused words

chord / cord

Chord and cord sound the same, but a chord is three or more notes played together while a cord is basically a thick string. You strum a chord, but you tie a cord.

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