Pronunciation: (kôrd), [key]
1. a string or thin rope made of several strands braided, twisted, or woven together.
2. Elect.a small, flexible, insulated cable.
3. a ribbed fabric, esp. corduroy.
4. a cordlike rib on the surface of cloth.
5. any influence that binds or restrains: cord of marriage.
6. Anat.a cordlike structure: the spinal cord; umbilical cord.
7. a unit of volume used chiefly for fuel wood, now generally equal to 128 cu. ft. (3.6 cu. m), usually specified as 8 ft. long, 4 ft. wide, and 4 ft. high (2.4 m × 1.2 m × 1.2 m). Abbr.: cd, cd.
8. a hangman's rope.

1. to bind or fasten with a cord or cords.
2. to pile or stack up (wood) in cords.
3. to furnish with a cord.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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