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See also: Cord and còrd


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An electrical cord.
Cord consisting of twisted fiber.


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.



cord (countable and uncountable, plural cords)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      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 []
  4. (figuratively) Any influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord.
    • (Can we date this quote by Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
  5. (anatomy) Any structure having the appearance of a cord, especially a tendon or nerve.
    spermatic cord; spinal cord; umbilical cord; vocal cords
  6. Dated form of chord: musical sense.
  7. Misspelling of chord: a cross-section measurement of an aircraft wing.


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cord (third-person singular simple present cords, present participle cording, simple past and past participle corded)

  1. To furnish with cords
  2. To tie or fasten with cords
  3. To flatten a book during binding
  4. To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.

Middle English[edit]



  1. Alternative form of corde



Borrowed from Latin cor, cordis.


cord n (plural corduri)

  1. (anatomy) heart
    Synonym: inimă


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