From Middle English corde, from Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Doric Ancient Greek χορδά (khordá, “string of gut, the string of a lyre”) (compare Ionic χορδή (khordḗ), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer- (“bowel”)). More at yarn and hernia.
- (General American) IPA(key): /kɔɹd/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kɔːd/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)d
- Homophones: chord, cored (in accents with the horse-hoarse merger), cawed (in non-rhotic accents)
- A long, thin, flexible length of twisted yarns (strands) of fiber (rope, for example); (uncountable) such a length of twisted strands considered as a commodity.
- The burglar tied up the victim with a cord.
- He looped some cord around his fingers.
- A small flexible electrical conductor composed of wires insulated separately or in bundles and assembled together usually with an outer cover; the electrical cord of a lamp, sweeper ((US) vacuum cleaner), or other appliance.
- A unit of measurement for firewood, equal to 128 cubic feet (4 × 4 × 8 feet), composed of logs and/or split logs four feet long and none over eight inches diameter. It is usually seen as a stack four feet high by eight feet long.
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, “The Battering-ram”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299, page 376:
- Unerringly impelling this dead, impregnable, uninjurable wall, and this most buoyant thing within; there swims behind it all a mass of tremendous life, only to be adequately estimated as piled wood is—by the cord; and all obedient to one volition, as the smallest insect.
- 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Braekstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 187:
- "If they buy three cords of birch logs," said the witch, "but they must be exact measure and no bargaining about the price, and if they throw overboard the one cord of logs, piece by piece, when the first sea comes, and the other cord, piece by piece, when the second sea comes, and the third cord, piece by piece, when the third sea comes, then it's all over with us."
- (figuratively) Any influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord.
- 1842, Alfred Tennyson, “To—”, in Poems. […], volume I, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 1008064829, page 15:
- Clear-headed friend, whose joyful scorn, / Edged with sharp laughter, cuts atwain / The knots that tangle human creeds, / The wounding cords that bind and strain / The heart until it bleeds, […]
- 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
- Every detail of the house and garden was familiar; a thousand cords of memory and affection drew him thither; but a stronger counter-motive prevailed.
- (anatomy) Any structure having the appearance of a cord, especially a tendon or nerve.
- spermatic cord; spinal cord; umbilical cord; vocal cords
- Dated form of : musical sense.
- Misspelling of : a cross-section measurement of an aircraft wing.
- (length of twisted strands): cable, twine
- (wires surrounded by an insulating coating, used to supply electricity): cable, flex
- See also Thesaurus:string
- To furnish with cords
- To tie or fasten with cords
- To flatten a book during binding
- To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.
- Alternative form of
cord n (plural corduri)