cord

Definitions

  • Forming points with cords
    Forming points with cords
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cord bind or tie with a cord
    • v cord stack in cords "cord firewood"
    • n cord a line made of twisted fibers or threads "the bundle was tied with a cord"
    • n cord a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
    • n cord a light insulated conductor for household use
    • n cord a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Brain and spinal cord Brain and spinal cord
A View of the Vocal Cords A View of the Vocal Cords
The Different Positions of the Vocal Cords The Different Positions of the Vocal Cords

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before Columbus, Europe had never tasted cord, potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers, sweet potatoes, tapioca, chocolate, pumpkins, squash, coconuts, pineapples, strawberries, and much more. Why? All these food items are native to America.
    • Cord A solid measure, equivalent to 128 cubic feet; a pile of wood, or other coarse material, eight feet long, four feet high, and four feet broad; -- originally measured with a cord or line.
    • Cord A string, or small rope, composed of several strands twisted together.
    • Cord (Anat) Any structure having the appearance of a cord, esp. a tendon or a nerve. See under Spermatic Spinal Umbilical Vocal.
    • Cord Fig.: Any moral influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord; an enticement; as, the cords of the wicked; the cords of sin; the cords of vanity. "The knots that tangle human creeds,
      The wounding cords that bind and strain
      The heart until it bleeds."
    • Cord (Mus) See Chord.
    • Cord To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.
    • Cord To bind with a cord; to fasten with cords; to connect with cords; to ornament or finish with a cord or cords, as a garment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 7.5 million toothpicks can be created from a cord of wood.
    • n cord A string or small rope composed of several strands of thread or vegetable fiber, twisted or woven together.
    • n cord Something resembling a cord in form or function. Specifically— A string of a stringed musical instrument.
    • n cord A quantity of firewood or other material, originally measured with a cord or line; a pile containing 128 cubic feet, or a pile 8 feet long, 4 feet high, and 4 feet broad. There have been some local variations in England: thus, in Sussex it was 3 by 3 by 14 feet, coming substantially to the same solid contents; in Derbyshire there were cords of 128, 155, and 162½ cubic feet. Similar measures are in use in other countries. In France, before the adoption of the metric system, it was likewise called a corde; there were three kinds, containing respectively 64, 56, and 112 French cubic feet. In Germany the similar measure is called a klafter; in Gotha and Brunswick it is 6 by 6 by 3 local feet.
    • n cord A measure of length in several countries. In Spain the cuerda is 8¼ varas, or equal to 23⅝ English feet. At Botzen, Tyrol, the corda is 8 feet 10 inches English measure.
    • n cord A measure of land. In Brittany it was 73.6 English square yards.
    • n cord Figuratively, any influence which binds, restrains, draws, etc.: a frequent use of the term in Scripture: as, the cords of the wicked (Ps. cxxix. 4); the cords of his sins (Prov. v. 22); cords of vanity (Isa. v. 18); the cords of a man —that is, the bands or influence of love (Hos. xi. 4).
    • n cord A strong ribbed fustian; corduroy.
    • n cord In fancy weaving, the interval between two vertical lines of the design.
    • cord To bind with cord or rope; fasten with cords: as, to cord a trunk.
    • cord To pile up, as wood or other material, for measurement and sale by the cord.
    • cord In bookbinding, to tie (a book) firmly between two boards until it is dry, so as to insure perfect smoothness in the cover.
    • cord To accord; harmonize; agree.
    • n cord An imperfection on the surface of glass. See cordy.
    • cord To become hard and cord-like: noting a condition occasionally encountered in the blood-vessels.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Toboggan" is derived from the Algonquin language and loosely meant "instrument with which to drag a cord."
    • n Cord kord a small rope or thick kind of string: something resembling a cord, as 'spinal cord,' 'umbilical cord,' &c.:
    • v.t Cord to supply with a cord: to bind with a cord
    • n Cord kord (fig.) anything that binds or restrains: a measure of firewood, originally determined by the use of a cord or string
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A phoneless cord is a great device for people who love peace and quiet.”
  • Robert Burton
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    “No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. corde, L. chorda, catgut, chord, cord, fr. Gr. chordh`; cf. chola`des intestines, L. harus,pex soothsayer (inspector of entrails), Icel. görn, pl. garnir, gut, and E. yarn,. Cf. Chord Yarn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. corde—L. chorda. See Chord.

Usage

In literature:

It was fixed on taut cords which were fastened to stakes driven into the earth.
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
When I recovered my senses I was being dragged over the ground by means of a cord around my chest and under my arms.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
When the sewing is completed, the cords are cut off close to the lay cords, and then the keys will be loose enough to be easily removed.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Animated by it he sat up and made an effort to loosen the cord that still bound his ankles.
"The Copper Princess" by Kirk Munroe
A cord of yak-hair, about forty or fifty yards long, was now produced.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
He had several strings (or cords) to his bow, and he ultimately found himself at Kensal Green Cemetery.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
The spiral stems a sort of laid cord.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
The cord entered the wax candle about two inches lower than the flame.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
In the cord the fibres rearrange themselves and pass to the brain by a double path.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Pull the cord through the middle hole until it draws with it four thicknesses of cord.
"Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools" by Virginia McGaw
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In poetry:

'Tis not the rippling of the wave,
Nor sighing of the cords;
No winds or waters ever gave
A murmur so like words;
"Far and Near" by George MacDonald
We look in vain for a substitute
To take the place of success;
A proxy saps its vital cords,
It dies of paralysis.
"Success" by Jared Barhite
Angel of this sacred place,
Calm her soul and whisper peace,
Cord, or axe, or guillotin'
Make the sentence - not the sin.
"The Wake of William Orr" by William Drennan
Bright are the floating clouds above,
The glittering seas below;
But we are bound by cords of love
To kindred weal and wo.
"The Distant Ship" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
He for thy follies may thee bind
With cords of great distress;
To make thee moan thy sins, and mind
Thy Husband's holiness.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
And sin-wrecked men, with eager hands,
Did grasp each golden cord;
And with my heart I drew them on
To see my gracious Lord.
"Fishers Of Men" by Frances Ellen Watkins

In news:

Once in the hallway, Smith, 35, allegedly struck the children with an extension cord until she was too tired to continue.
A woman was arrested on four counts of child endangering after allegedly using an extension cord to beat her children at a home on St Clair Avenue in East Columbus.
Overloaded extension cord sparks house fire in Ewing.
EWING — An overloaded extension cord sparked a house fire in the first block of Braeburn Drive after noon today, according to fire officials.
Before the supervisors approve this cable, the SFPUC needs to look at all the energy options, prepare a long-term plan, and evaluate whether this giant extension cord fits into it.
Exposed live wires in frayed cord and a puddle equal tragedy.
According to Fox 59 News A Indiana mother is accused of beating her 15- year-old son with an extension cord because he was wearing his pants sagging at school.
Vermont's own Grace Potter wasn't home much this year, but she did make it back when Tropical Storm Irene hit, using her vocal cords to help flood victims as best as she could.
The jury is still out on whether these systems, which use stretch cords for resistance, build strength to the same degree as free weights or weight machines.
INTRODUCTION The neural tube is a structure that develops into the brain and spinal cord during embryonic development.
Americans are not consuming enough folic acid, a B vitamin that may prevent serious birth defects of the spinal cord and brain (i.e.
The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved Allergan's Botox injection for a new use in patients who have bladder problems caused by spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis.
Laid-back new childrearing approach urges cutting the cord.
John Mayer Cancels Tour Due to Vocal Cord Granuloma .
Short electrical appliance cords reason for gripe .
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In science:

Ferrari, Four dimensional non-critical strings, Les Houches summer school 2001, Session LXXVI, l’Unit´e de la Physique fondamentale: Gravit´e, Th´eorie de Jauge et Cordes, A.
On exact superpotentials in confining vacua
The downward going neutrinos do not cross any significant earth cord before reaching the detector.
Some aspects of neutrino astrophysics
Therefore, the spectral features of these two ob jects differ significantly, since if we take into account the difference in distances to these ob jects, ∼ 300 pc to the Vela pulsar, and 1.8 kpc to PSR 1706-44 (Taylor & Cordes 1993), PSR 1706-44 has much weaker X-ray emission and much stronger TeV γ -ray emission.
Gamma-rays from the pulsar wind nebulae
The distance to this ob ject is put in the range 4.2 kpc (kinematics of H I, Caswell et al. 1975) up to 5.9 kpc (dispersion measure, Taylor & Cordes 1993).
Gamma-rays from the pulsar wind nebulae
Very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) observations of pulsar image sizes measure angular broadening as a function of frequency (Lee & Jokipii 1975a; Cordes, Pidwerbetsky & Lovelace 1986) and determine SM (Spangler et al. 1986).
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
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