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Definition of cord noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a piece of wire that is covered with plastic, used for carrying electricity to a piece of equipment an electrical cord telephone cord see also cordless
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] strong thick string or thin rope; a piece of this a piece/length of cord picture cord (= used for hanging pictures) a silk bag tied with a gold cord
  3. 3cords (old-fashioned corduroys) [plural] pants made of corduroy a pair of cords
  4. 4[countable] a measure of cut wood for burning in a fire, equal to128 cubic feet see also spinal cord, umbilical cord, vocal cords
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cord