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1. A slender length of flexible material usually made of twisted strands or fibers and used to bind, tie, connect, or support. See Usage Note at chord1.
2. An insulated flexible electric wire fitted with a plug or plugs.
3. A hangman's rope.
4. An influence, feeling, or force that binds or restrains; a bond or tie.
5. also chord Anatomy A long ropelike structure, such as a nerve or tendon: a spinal cord.
a. A raised rib on the surface of cloth.
b. A fabric or cloth with such ribs.
7. cords Pants made of corduroy.
8. A unit of quantity for cut fuel wood, equal to a stack measuring 4 × 4 × 8 feet or 128 cubic feet (3.62 cubic meters).
tr.v. cord·ed, cord·ing, cords
1. To fasten or bind with a cord: corded the stack of old newspapers and placed them in the recycling bin.
2. To furnish with a cord.
3. To pile (wood) in cords.

[Middle English, from Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Greek khordē; see gherə- in Indo-European roots.]

cord′er n.


pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) trousers, esp jeans, made of corduroy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cords - cotton trousers made of corduroy cloth
trouser, pant - (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately; "he had a sharp crease in his trousers"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
Holding a light in one hand, and that identical New Zealand head in the other, the stranger entered the room, and without looking towards the bed, placed his candle a good way off from me on the floor in one corner, and then began working away at the knotted cords of the large bag I before spoke of as being in the room.
While the two headsmen were engaged in making fast cords to his flukes, and in other ways getting the mass in readiness for towing, some conversation ensued between them.
She sat as one turned to stone, her hands clenched tightly in her lap, so tightly that he could see the cords standing out in her wrists.
To him she imparted those mysterious intimations which the soul feels, as the cords begin to unbind, ere it leaves its clay forever.
What a silky smooth hellion she was; and so com- posed and serene, when the cords all down my legs were hurting in sympathy with that man's pain.
Well, it was a most exciting time, take it all around, and Tom got cords of glory.
It is my opinion that thousands would escape from slavery, who now remain, but for the strong cords of affection that bind them to their friends.
With the aid of his indispensable cap, he represented a man with his elbows bound fast at his hips, with cords that were knotted behind him.
Vows are the knots which tie us to Heaven they are the cords which bind the sacrifice to the horns of the altar, and are therefore, as I said before, to be unloosened and discharged, unless our holy Mother Church shall pronounce the contrary.
I thought this was a very bad sign, for up to that day the men had gone briskly and willingly about their business; but the very sight of the island had relaxed the cords of discipline.
Soon after I heard a general shout, with frequent repetitions of the words PEPLOM SELAN; and I felt great numbers of people on my left side relaxing the cords to such a degree, that I was able to turn upon my right, and to ease myself with making water; which I very plentifully did, to the great astonishment of the people; who, conjecturing by my motion what I was going to do, immediately opened to the right and left on that side, to avoid the torrent, which fell with such noise and violence from me.
It was a small Chinese box of black and gold-dust lacquer, elaborately wrought, the sides patterned with curved waves, and the silken cords hung with round crystals and tasselled in plaited metal threads.