• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cordelle kôr*dĕl" A twisted cord; a tassel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cordelle A twisted cord; a tassel.
    • n cordelle In the western United States, a tow-line for a barge or canalboat, etc. See the verb.
    • cordelle To tow (a boat) by hand with a cordelle, walking along the bank: a common expression in the western and southwestern United States, derived from the Canadian voyageurs.
    • cordelle To use a cordelle.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim. of corde, cord


In literature:

Big men, bearded and powerful, pushing up stream with the cordelle on their shoulders!
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
Let go that cordelle, you cussed, lazy, flat-bellied, Hockhocking idiot!
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Let's go in the skiff; we can row and cordelle it up the river again, though it is a job.
"The Hoosier School-boy" by Edward Eggleston
They made good time, but it was mostly cordelle work.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
When sail and oar and setting-pole proved unavailing, the men were out and overboard, running the banks with the cordelle.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
With much ado, with poles and cordelle, we made but five miles.
"Scenes and Adventures in the Semi-Alpine Region of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

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