1. fiber and wire ropes, lines, hawsers, etc., taken as a whole, especially with reference to the rigging and other equipment of a vessel.
  2. a quantity of wood measured in cords.


  1. nautical the lines and rigging of a vessel
  2. an amount of wood measured in cords

“ropes, especially on a ship,” late 15c., from Old French cordage, from corde “cord” (see cord).

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