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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cordage the ropes in the rigging of a ship
    • n cordage the amount of wood in an area as measured in cords
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cordage Ropes or cords, collectively; hence, anything made of rope or cord, as those parts of the rigging of a ship which consist of ropes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cordage Ropes and cords, in a collective sense; especially, the ropes or cords in the rigging of a ship; hence, something resembling ropes, as twisted, roots or vines.
    • n cordage The quantity of wood, in cords, on a given area of land.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cordage a quantity of cords or ropes, as the rigging of a ship, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cordage,. See Cord
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. corde—L. chorda. See Chord.


In literature:

There was also a demand for cordage made of hemp fibers for ships.
"Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Lyman Carrier
The girl seated herself on the pile of cordage beside the boy.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
The nest was built in a block where some of the cordage runs.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
The tattered sails flapped and beat dismally against the cordage.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
He climbed up the cordage and cut the valve-line through.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 26, February 1893" by Various
To convey an animal like this, several buffaloes and a whole system of cordage were necessary.
"Adventures in the Philippine Islands" by Paul P. de La Gironière
At the end of the whistle opposite the mouth is the remnant of a hole in which there is a fragment of knotted cordage.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
My second was to strike out for a big spar which I saw floating amid a mass of tangled cordage and splinters a few yards in front of me.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
The intricate, woofed masses of wood and cordage captured his fancy.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Avarice and terror in discord played on the creature as the gale through the whimpering cordage.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The sailors on deck clung to the bulwarks; and below not a soul could sleep, for the thunder and the creaking of cordage filled their ears.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Other trees have irregular and fantastic branches, but the knitted cordage of fibres is the olive's own.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
The water splashed a little under the rudder, and the cordage holding the mast and sail creaked as a vagrant breeze caught the vinta.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Dalton's face became purple; the veins in his forehead swelled like a thick cordage, and he seemed almost bursting with suppressed passion.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
The schooner's helmsman gave himself to God, while the cordage overhead began to whine as the deck rose.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
The cordage had broken, so that the gun was no longer secure on the carriage.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
He must have cordage.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Cotton makes the best cordage for ships.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Quick as thought, Captain Weber caught up a coil of rope; his arm was in the act of casting it, when the mass of spars and cordage swept past.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
There was no want of cordage.
"Abandoned" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

How distant, the departure of young men
Down valleys, or watching
The green shore past the salt-white cordage
Rising and falling.
"How Distant" by Philip Larkin
All radiant now taffrail and prow,
And hull, and cordage, beams and spars,
Thus lit she sails on fiery gales
To purple seas where float the stars.
"Arms And The Man - The Beleaguered Town" by James Barron Hope
A fair, swift bark from some radiant realm,
Its diamond cordage cuts the sky
In glittering lines; all silently
A seeming spirit holds the helm
And steers: will he pass me by?
"In The Mist" by Susan Coolidge
Then from the honeysuckle gray
The oriole with experienced quest
Twitches the fibrous bark away,
The cordage of his hammock-nest.
Cheering his labor with a note
Rich as the orange of his throat.
"The Nest" by James Russell Lowell
Though now we are sluggish and lazy on shore,
Yet soon shall we be where the wild waters roar;
Where the wind through the hoarse rattling cordage shall rave,
And fling the white foam from the top of the wave.
"A Mariner's Song" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
The hungry seas they hound the hull,
The sharks they dog the haglets' flight;
With one consent the winds, the waves
In hunt with fins and wings unite,
While drear the harps in cordage sound
Remindful wails for old Armadas drowned.
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville

In news:

Yale Cordage Participates In Maine Trade Mission To China.
Saco, Maine-based specialty rope manufacturer Yale Cordage is participating in the State of Maine Trade Mission To China, which began September 8 and will conclude September 15.
Dave Skill looks at 'The Cordage Company' in Plymouth – Part 2.
Cordage Making At Maui Nui Botanical Gardens.
"In traditional Hawaiian culture, the art of making aho ( cordage ) was an important skill," explains the Bishop Museum's website.
Here's a reminder from The Lehigh Group, maker of Wellington®-branded cordage.
"To get the best value, it is important to invest in a high-quality rope that properly fits your dock, anchor and towing needs," says Deborah Hanson of The Lehigh Group, maker of Wellington®-branded cordage.
US-based Yale Cordage, a custom and specialty rope manufacturer, announce that Bill Putnam has been named president of the company.