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1. string or thin rope made of several twisted strands
2. a length of woven or twisted strands of silk, etc., sewn on clothing or used as a belt
3. a ribbed fabric, esp corduroy
4. US and Canadian a flexible insulated electric cable, used esp to connect appliances to mains
5. Anatomy any part resembling a string or rope
6. a unit of volume for measuring cut wood, equal to 128 cubic feet
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(1) A very strong twisted thread of cotton or chemical fiber used in the rubber industry for the manufacture of textile products that serve as semifinished components of rubber goods (such as tires).

(2) A woolen fabric, characterized by a special type of weave that forms longitudinal grooves (3–8 mm wide) along its face. Depending on its strength and thickness, cord is used in the manufacture of dresses, suits, and coats. The heaviest and most durable cord serves as excellent material for automobile upholstery.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

What does it mean when you dream about a cord?

Sometimes restriction, but, alternatively, the bonds we have with others. The umbilical cord indicates dependency, and in those kinds of situations we talk about “cutting the cord.”

The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.


A small, very flexible insulated cable.
A unit of measure for wood stacked for fuel or pulp; equals 4 × 4 × 8, or 128 cubic feet (approximately 3.6246 cubic meters).
A long, flexible, cylindrical construction of natural or synthetic fibers twisted or woven together.
Strands of material forming the plies in a motor vehicle tire.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

electric cord

One or more flexible insulated electric conductors in a flexible insulating covering which is equipped with terminals.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"There are probably two ways that the C-suite will start to become aware," explains Cordes. "They'll see other companies engaging in compliance programs, hearing about it when companies advertise this as part of their marketing campaigns ...
"If it goes systemic, then it can cause destruction of blood cells and various other effects that can, in extreme cases, lead to death by kidney failure or renal failure," Cordes relates.
Concertino, pour saxophone alto, timbales, percussion, celesta., cordes
But the majority of his time, he says, is spent with his family foundation, Cordes Foundation, and as a pro bono evangelist for helping retirement-age people find fulfilling work in their second careers.
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19 December 2011 - German retailer Metro AG's (ETR:MEO) planned sale of department store chain Kaufhof may prolong beyond the end of 2011, chief executive Eckhard Cordes was cited by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper as saying.
Ce Quatuor a cordes est compose de 4 belles charmantes jeunes filles: Charlotte Juillard et Pauline Fritsch au violon, Sarah Chenaf a l'alto et Juilette Salmona au violoncelle.
METRO AG CEO TO EXIT: Eckhard Cordes, chairman and chief executive officer of Metro AG, announced that he won't seek to extend his contract, which is scheduled to lapse at the end of this month.
Postman John Burke, who also appeared on University Challenge, is accused of attacking Uwe Cordes after the German's wife complained about Burke's car blocking their garage last September.
Cordes to serve as the chairman of the board, effective immediately.