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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cord
Senses
  1. A string, or small rope, composed of several strands twisted together.
  2. 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.
  3. 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." [Tennyson.]
  4. [Anat] Any structure having the appearance of a cord, esp. a tendon or a nerve. See under Spermatic Spinal Umbilical Vocal.
  5. [Mus] See Chord.(Obs)

Etymology: F. corde, L. chorda catgut, chord, cord, fr. Gr. chordh`; cf. chola`des intestines, L. haruspex soothsayer (inspector of entrails), Icel. görn, pl. garnir gut, and E. yarn. Cf. Chord Yarn

verb Cord
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  1. 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.
  2. To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A line made of twisted fibers or threads ("the bundle was tied with a cord")
  2. A cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton
  3. A light insulated conductor for household use
  4. A unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet
  5. Bind or tie with a cord
  6. Stack in cords ("cord firewood")
Wiktionary

From Old French corde, from Latin chorda, from Ancient Greek (Doric) χορδά (khordá), Ionic χορδή (khordḗ, “string of gut, the string of a lyre”). More at yarn and hernia.

  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 .
    He looped some 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.
  4. (figuratively) Any influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord.
  5. (anatomy) Any structure having the appearance of a cord, especially a tendon or nerve.
    cord; cord; cord; cords
  6. Dated form of chord: musical sense.
  7. Misspelling of chord: a cross-section measurement of an aircraft wing.

cord was also found in the following language(s): Romanian

Notable Persons Named Cord

Cord McCoy is a rodeo. Cord was given the name Cord Jarret McCoy on August 19th, 1980 in Durant, Oklahoma.

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He left this life in 1447.

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Cord Phelps is a baseball player. Cord was born on January 23rd, 1987 in Stanford, California.

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He has been prominent since 2009. Cord was born on November 12th, 1986 in Decatur, Georgia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cord

Alex Cord is an actor. He was most active from 1961 to 1961. Alex was given the name Alexander Viespi on May 3rd, 1933 in Floral Park, New York, US.

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Chris Cord is a racing driver.

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Ronnie was born on January 22nd, 1943. He passed away on January 6th, 1986.

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How popular is the baby name Cord in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1920 6 0 6
1961 45 0 45
1962 27 0 27
1963 12 0 12
1964 6 0 6
1965 19 0 19
1966 17 0 17
1967 22 0 22
1968 24 0 24
1969 13 0 13
1970 13 0 13
1971 38 0 38
1972 14 0 14
1973 28 0 28
1974 13 0 13
1975 13 0 13
1976 12 0 12
1977 19 0 19
1978 8 0 8
1979 18 0 18
1980 14 0 14
1981 19 0 19
1982 11 0 11
1983 12 0 12
1984 8 0 8
1985 10 0 10
1986 45 0 45
1987 74 0 74
1988 69 0 69
1989 84 0 84
1990 99 0 99
1991 95 0 95
1992 51 0 51
1993 55 0 55
1994 39 0 39
1995 36 0 36
1996 43 0 43
1997 30 0 30
1998 31 0 31
1999 25 0 25
2000 23 0 23
2001 20 0 20
2002 24 0 24
2003 23 0 23
2004 26 0 26
2005 21 0 21
2006 16 0 16
2007 19 0 19
2008 20 0 20
2009 20 0 20
2010 38 0 38
2011 44 0 44
2012 45 0 45
2013 32 0 32
2014 26 0 26
2015 29 0 29
2016 24 0 24
2017 20 0 20

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cord U.S.
  White 85.87% 64.26%
  African American 7.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cord

People with the last name Cord are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Cord

  • How Popular is the name Cord? Cord is the 7,564th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cord was the 26,975th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cord have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,687 babies born with the first name Cord in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cord to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cord? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Cord first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cord is Friday, January 24th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Cord born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cord was in 1990 with a total of 99 babies.
  • Random Cord Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cord is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1994.
  • Weird things about the name Cord: Your name in reverse order is Droc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dcor. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cord? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 899 people with the last name Cord.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cord? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cord as their last name since less than 1 person in 333k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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