- A string, or small rope, composed of several strands twisted together.
- 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.
- 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.]
- [Anat] Any structure having the appearance of a cord, esp. a tendon or a nerve. See under Spermatic Spinal Umbilical Vocal.
- [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