ETYM French corde, Latin chorda catgut, chord, cord, from Greek chorde; cf. cholades intestines, Latin haruspex soothsayer (inspector of entrails), Icel. görn, pl. garnir gut, and Eng. yarn. Related to Chord, Yarn.
Unit for measuring the volume of wood cut for fuel. One cord equals 128 cubic feet (3.456 cubic meters), or a stack 8 feet (2.4 m) long, 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, and 4 feet high.
1. A line made of twisted fibers or threads; SYN. rope, string, twine.
2. A unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet.
3. A cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton; SYN. corduroy.
4. An light insulated conductor for household use; SYN. electric cord.
ETYM Old Eng. halter, helter, helfter, AS. haelftre; akin to German halfter, Dutch halfter, halster, and also to Eng. helve. Related to Helve.
1. A woman's top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered.
2. Either of the club-like rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight; SYN. haltere, balancer.
3. Rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading; SYN. hackamore.