• Cordage


    • UK IPA: /ˈkɔːdɪdʒ/


    Borrowing from fr cordage.

    Full definition of cordage



    (plural cordages)
    1. (nautical) A set of ropes and cords, especially that used for a ship's rigging.
      • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, II.13:So Juan stood, bewildered on the deck:
        The wind sung, cordage strained, and sailors swore ....
      • 1851, Herman Melville, ,... as the old craft deep dived into the green seas, and sent the shivering frost all over her, and the winds howled, and the cordage rang ...
      • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 151:A lone river wind sighed in the cordage of the ship.
    2. (obsolete) An amount of wood measured in cords.
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