An antiquated term for referring to a conduit that sends signals from one thing to another. Generally used while referring to older technologies such as cordless phone or extension cord.

Cord (?), n. [F. corde, L. chorda catgut, chord, cord, fr. Gr. ; cf. intestines, L. haruspex soothsayer (inspector of entrails), Icel. gorn, pl. garnir gut, and E. yarn. Cf. Chord, Yarn.]


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.

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.


Cord wood, wood for fuel cut to the length of four feet (when of full measure).


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Cord (k?rd), v. t. [imp. & p.p. Corded; p. pr. & vb. n. Cording.]


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.


To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.


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