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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun cord:


Cord is sometimes a misspelling of card.

The word cord is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun cord

What does cord mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cords

  1. a line made of twisted fibers or threads
    • example: the bundle was tied with a cord
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: line = something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
    • more specific terms:
      • agal = a cord (usually of goat's hair) that Arabs (especially Bedouins) wind around their heads to hold down the kaffiyeh
      • apron string = a cord used to tie an apron at the waist
      • bowstring = the string of an archer's bow
      • catgut / gut = a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery
      • chenille cord / chenille = a soft tufted cord used in embroidery
      • clews = the cords used to suspend a hammock
      • clothesline = a cord on which clothes are hung to dry
      • fishing line = a length of cord to which the leader and float and sinker and hook are attached
      • lacing / lace = a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges
      • laniard / lanyard = a cord worn around the neck to hold a knife or whistle
      • laniard / lanyard = a cord with an attached hook that is used to fire certain types of cannon
      • log line = a knotted cord that runs out from a reel to a piece of wood that is attached to it
      • piping = a thin strip of covered cord used to edge hems
      • perpendicular / plumb line = a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity
      • ripcord = a cord that is pulled to open a parachute from its pack during a descent
      • ripcord = a cord that is pulled to open the gasbag of a balloon wide enough to release gas and so causes the balloon to descend
      • sash cord / sash line = a strong cord connecting a sash weight to a sliding sash
      • slack = a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely
      • static line = a cord used instead of a ripcord to open a parachute; the cord is attached at one end to the aircraft and temporarily attached to the pack of a parachute at the other
      • string / twine = a lightweight cord
      • string = a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, as a part of an instrument or a tennis racket
      • thread / yarn = a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
      • tie = a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied
      • whipcord = closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips
      • taper / wick = a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
      • wick = any piece of cord that conveys liquid by capillary action
  2. a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet
  3. a light insulated conductor for household use
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of cord: electric cord
    • more generic word: conductor = a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
    • more specific terms:
      • extension cord = an electric cord used to extend the length of a power cord
      • power cord = a cord to conduct power to an electrical appliance
  4. a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of cord: corduroy
    • more generic words: cloth / fabric / material / textile = artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun cord


  1. A long, thin, flexible length of twisted yarns (strands) of fibre/fiber (rope, for example); (uncountable) such a length of twisted strands considered as a commodity.
  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 x 4 x 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.
  4. (in plural 'cords') See cords.
  5. [misspelling of, chord, nodot=1]: a cross-section measurement of an aircraft wing.
  6. [figuratively] [rfdef, lang=en]

Definition of the verb cord

What does cord mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: corded | cording | cords

  1. stack in cords
    • example: cord firewood
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: heap / pile / stack = arrange in stacks
  2. bind or tie with a cord
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: bind / tie = fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

Alternative definition of the verb cord


  1. To furnish with cords
  2. To tie or fasten with cords
  3. To flatten a book during binding


"Cord" is a 2000 thriller film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly, Bruce Greenwood, and Vincent Gallo.


  1. Cord is a fictional character from the 1965 film Summer Children.
  2. Cord is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Rip Cord, John Cord and Cord Roberts.


  1. Cord is a musical artist.
    • profession: Musician
    • member of musical group Cetu Javu between and
  2. Cord a.k.a. Cordon Lynde was the brother of actor/comedian Paul Lynde.

There are other people with in their name, like Cord Neal, Cord Pool, Erik Cord, John Cord, Chris Cord, Cord Lappe, Cord Meyer, Cord Garben, Cord Keller, Cord Newman and many others.


  1. Cord are a four-piece band from Norfolk, UK. Originally signed by Island Records on a five album deal they were released from their contract in March 2007. The band's song "Go Either Way" is featured on the soundtrack for EA's video game Madden NFL 07. Also, the song "Sea of Trouble" was featured in the NME Essential Bands 2007.
  2. Cord is a musical group.
    • album: "San Remo '68"

There are other groups with in their name, like Spinal Cord, The Late Cord, Three Cord Wonder, Dub Surgeon vs. Dub Cord and Massacre of the Umbilical Cord.


  1. Cord a.k.a. Cord, Arkansas: Cord is an unincorporated community in Independence County, Arkansas, United States. Cord is located at the junction of Arkansas Highway 37 and Arkansas Highway 122 9.5 miles northeast of Newark. Cord has a post office with ZIP code 72524.
  2. Cord is a Venue in Manchester.
    • also known as Cord Bar


  1. The cord is a unit of measure of dry volume used to measure firewood and pulpwood in the United States and Canada, although the term is used informally elsewhere.
    • also known as کرد
  2. Cord: In sewing, cord is a trimming made by twisting or plying two or more strands of yarn together. Cord is used in a number of textile arts including dressmaking, upholstery, macramé, and couching.
  3. Cord is a peacebuilding charity working with people and communities affected by violent conflict in Africa and Asia. Established in 1967 and located in Leamington Spa, UK, Cord works by "carrying out practical work relieving poverty and promoting social cohesion to build peace, working with people and communities of all faiths or none".
  4. Cord a.k.a. apaG is a gene.
  5. Cord a.k.a. cone rod dystrophy 1 (autosomal dominant) is a gene.

Phrases with Cord

Phrases starting with the word Cord:

  1. cord blood
  2. cord grass

Phrases ending with the word Cord:

  1. Body cord
  2. Kook Cord
  3. sash cord
  4. Trip Cord
  5. nerve cord
  6. phone cord
  7. power cord
  8. vocal cord
  9. bungee cord
  10. silver cord
  11. spinal cord
  12. bedford cord
  13. chenille cord
  14. citation cord
  15. Citation-Cord
  16. electric cord
  17. extension cord
  18. spermatic cord

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cord

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Google previewEstrogen — Mystery Drug for the Brain? (2001)

The Neuroprotective Activities of the Female Sex Hormone by Christian Behl

Also the spinal cord is a principal target of estrogen action and ERa and ER8 mRNA is detectable throughout the...

In favor of estrogen actions in the spinal cord is the finding of antinociceptive and analgesic activities of estrogens. Indeed ...

Google previewThe Spine at Trial (2002)

Practical Medicolegal Concepts about the Spine by Ed Stapleton

The spinal cord is a very important part of the nervous system. Damage to it can produce myelopathy or paralysis. The spinal cord is the cable that connects the body with the brain and the brain with the body. It extends from the base of the ...

Google previewPaediatric Neurosurgery for Nurses (2008)

Evidence-based Care for Children and Their Families by Joanna Smith, Catherine Martin

The spinal cord The spinal cord is an elongated portion of the CNS and lies within the vertebral (spinal) column. Once growth and...

Google previewHuman Neuroanatomy (2009)

A Text, Brain Atlas, and Laboratory Dissection Guide by J. Edward Bruni, Donald G. Montemurro

The spinal cord is an elongated, almost cylindrical structure that occupies the vertebral canal of the spine or vertebral...

Google previewAdvancement of Optical Methods in Experimental Mechanics, Volume 3 (2014)

Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics by Helena Jin, Cesar Sciammarella, Sanichiro Yoshida, Luciano Lamberti

Pappalettere Abstract The umbilical cord is a peculiar and complex structure, about 50–60 cm in length and 1–2 cm in diameter, that is essentially composed of ...

Google previewEquine Science (2017)

by Zoe Davies

The spinal cord is a cylinder of nerve tissue which is as thick as a thumb and runs down the central canal of the spine. It is an extension of the brain and together with the brain makes up the central nervous system. At the centre of the spinal ...

Google previewACCCN's Critical Care Nursing (2011)

by Doug Elliott, Leanne Aitken, Wendy Chaboyer

Spinal Cord The spinal cord is the link between the peripheral nervous system and the brain. The spinal cord has a small,

cord is an essential component of both the sensory and motor divisions of the nervous system. The first of the primary ...

Google previewNeural Transplantation (2000)

An Introduction by William J. Freed

The spinal cord is the structure that carries the connections between brain and skeletal muscles, including the sensory, sympathetic, and...

Google previewStarting a Firewood Business (2014)

A Primer on Creating a Firewood Business In Your Spare Time by James R Griffin

A cord is a unit of measure of dry volume mostly used in describing a quantity of wood. The wood should be arranged so that pieces are aligned, parallel, touching and compact. An amount of wood that is four feet tall, four feet deep and eight ...

Google previewStudy Package for CLAT & LLB

by Bhardwaj, A P

The spinal cord is a cylindrical structure located in the spinal canal of the vertebral column. It begins as continuation of the...

Google previewIntroduction to Psychology

The spinal cord is a long bundle of nerves which leave the brain and run down the length of the back. (See Figure 3.1) It is...

Google previewNetter's Neurology (2011)

by H. Royden Jones, Jr. Jr., Jayashri Srinivasan, Gregory J. Allam, Richard A. Baker

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND ETIOLOGY The intramedullary white matter of the thoracic cord is the primary target site for the AIDS vacuolization to occur. This primarily involves the lateral and posterior white matter columns; the anterior and ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Superstitions (2012)

by Richard Webster

Umbilical Cord: The umbilical cord was considered an integral part of the newborn child. Because of this, it had to be disposed of carefully, as it was important that it didn't fall into the hands of anyone who might use it to cast a spell on the child ...

Google previewGreen's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine and Surgery (1907)

It is hardly necessary to add that in all cases where no pulsation can be felt in the cord, and where, after careful auscultation of the abdomen, no evidence of a living child can be obtained, the case must be treated according to the presentation ...

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden,

umbilical cord, navel, ~боох totie theumbilical cord,~ нэгтэй born of the same mother, хүйн холбоотой intimately connected, хүйг цөглүүлэх to let the umbilical cord drop away ХҮЙ, group, ~ нэгдэл community,~ ...

Google previewThe Little Giant Encyclopedia of Runes (2000)

by Sirona Knight

Cord. or. String. Magic. Like the ring, the knot acts as a spiritual bond. String magic is a method of harnessing energy. In fact, fishermen's nets are the original forms of string magic. Spinning and weaving the threads of the Wyrd, like the Three ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

However, with only very rare exceptions, astrocytomas do not spread outside of the brain or spinal cord. Oligodendroglioma: These tumors start in brain cells called oligodendrocytes. They spread or infiltrate in a manner similar to astrocytomas ...

Google previewDictionary of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1988)

by Christoph Zink

nal structures, the allantois and the yolk sac, one can recognize in the mature umbilical cord (with microscopic inspection) the remains of the allantois as a fine obliterated canal. Cf. insertion. umbilical cord complications: these include: 1. cord” ...

Google previewThe Whiplash Encyclopedia (1999)

The Facts and Myths of Whiplash by Robert Ferrari

the spinal cord and nerves, and the muscles. This section will also discuss blood ...

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Hope is a golden Cord Connecting You to Heaven / American Sign Language

Quotes about Cord

We have created a new demonstration program to allow families with a sick child who could be helped with a cord blood transplant from a sibling to bank cord blood from newborns should they decide to have another child. (Nathan Deal)
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Scrabble value of C3O1R1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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