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cord (n.)

c. 1300, corde, "a string or small rope composed of several strands twisted or woven together; bowstring, hangman's rope," from Old French corde "rope, string, twist, cord," from Latin chorda "string of a musical instrument, cat-gut," from Greek khorde "string, catgut, chord, cord," from PIE root *ghere- "intestine."

Also from c. 1300 as "string of a musical instrument." From c. 1400 as "a tendon or muscle." Figurative sense of "anything which binds or restrains" is from late 14c. Meaning "raised, cord-like rib on the surface of cloth" is from 1776. As a measure of wood of 128 cubic feet (eight feet long, four feet high and wide) first recorded 1610s, so called because it was measured with a cord of rope.

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Definitions of cord
1
cord (n.)
a line made of twisted fibers or threads;
the bundle was tied with a cord
cord (n.)
a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet;
cord (n.)
a light insulated conductor for household use;
Synonyms: electric cord
cord (n.)
a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton;
Synonyms: corduroy
2
cord (v.)
stack in cords;
cord firewood
cord (v.)
bind or tie with a cord;
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