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cordon

1. a cord or ribbon worn as an ornament or fastening
2. Architect an ornamental projecting band or continuous moulding along a wall
3. Horticulture a form of fruit tree consisting of a single stem bearing fruiting spurs, produced by cutting back all lateral branches
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Cordon

 

a small frontier post.

Cordon lines were set up in the 18th and 19th centuries to cover frontiers in order to stop sabotage detachments and pre-vent smuggling and the spread of epidemic diseases (sanitary cordon). The term “cordon” has been retained in the French Army and several other armies. The term is sometimes also applied to forest ranger posts and posts for the protection of land preserves.

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cordon

[′kȯrd·ən]
(botany)
A plant trained to grow flat against a vertical structure, in a single horizontal shoot or two opposed horizontal shoots.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cordon

2. A semi-circular masonry projection, placed at the top of a wall, to discharge water to each side.
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Motorists and passers-by in Weddington Road,Nuneaton,have this morning (August 17) reported that the crossing on Weddington Road, near to the One Stop store has been cordoned off.
A police spokeswoman said: "A cordon remains in place on York Road towards the junction of Raby Road, and this is expected to remain in place for some time."
Glasgow City Council will be given the funding to distribute to businesses inside the cordon and those in the wider Sauchiehall Street area who could demonstrate hardship as a result of the MacKintish building fire, and March's blaze that wrecked nearby Victoria's nightclub.
While the cordon is in place, he added, only humanitarian and medical cases will be considered for permission to pass through checkpoints -- there are more than 600 of them in the West Bank -- and the border posts.
A MAJOR police cordon was set up outside St Helens yesterday after a suspected bomb was found in an industrial estate.
At around 5.20pm all cordons were lifted when there was deemed to be no risk to the public.
FOUR streets were closed to traffic and cordoned off by police in Rugby yesterday after a suspect package was found by a parked car.
8AM: Northumbria Police announce that the West Road has been cordoned off between its junction with Brighton Grove and Grainger Park Road, close to Newcastle General Hospital.
Le Groupe Europeen d'Ethique en Science et Technologie (GEE) doute de la legitimite de l'usage commercial de banques de sang provenant de cordons ombilicaux.
When creating a contingency plan, police departments should take into account evacuation plans, pre- and post-bomb cordons, other emergency services, and changing bomb scene objectives.