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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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(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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tendon: the strong, cordlike tapered end of a muscle that connects the muscle to a bone
At follow-up examination 2 weeks later, the bite mark had healed and the subcutaneous cordlike lesion was nontender and measured 4 cm in length.
These include: (1) tubular pattern with small, round, uniform, and back-to-back tubules, lined by cuboidal to flat cells; (2) ductal pattern typically composed of large glands with variable size, occasionally with intraglandular villous papillae and cellular budding, the glands being lined by 1 to several layers of columnar cells with endometrioid-like appearance; (3) retiform growth characterized by slitlike branching glands, some with intraglandular papillae lined by 1 to several layers of flat, cuboidal, or columnar cells; slit-like and cystic spaces may merge and impart a sievelike appearance; (4) solid pattern with nests and sheets of epithelial cells with scattered small glands; and (5) sex cordlike growth.
In the first group, the tumors showed a predominant endometrial stromal tumorlike differentiation and focal ovarian sex cordlike areas (<50%) and were termed endometrial stromal tumors with sex cordlike elements (ESTSCLE), whereas the neoplasms in the second group were composed predominantly of a sex cordlike component accounting for 50% to 100% of the tumor, which was, therefore called a UTROSCT.
B, At high magnification, some of the tumor nests had a ribbonlike or cordlike morphology composed of relatively monotonous cells with basophilic nuclei.
Cribriform, micropapillary, and cordlike patterns can also be identified.