The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Cord \Cord\ (k[^o]rd), n. [F. corde, L. chorda catgut, chord,
cord, fr. Gr. chordh`; cf. chola`des intestines, L. haruspex
soothsayer (inspector of entrails), Icel. g["o]rn, pl. garnir
gut, and E. yarn. Cf. Chord, Yarn.]
1. A string, or small rope, composed of several strands
2. A solid measure, equivalent to 128 cubic feet; a pile of
wood, or other coarse material, eight feet long, four feet
high, and four feet broad; -- originally measured with a
cord or line.
3. Fig.: Any moral influence by which persons are caught,
held, or drawn, as if by a cord; an enticement; as, the
cords of the wicked; the cords of sin; the cords of
The knots that tangle human creeds,
The wounding cords that bind and strain
The heart until it bleeds. --Tennyson.
4. (Anat.) Any structure having the appearance of a cord,
esp. a tendon or a nerve. See under Spermatic, Spinal,
5. (Mus.) See Chord. [Obs.]
Cord wood, wood for fuel cut to the length of four feet
(when of full measure).