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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whipcord a strong worsted or cotton fabric with a diagonal rib
    • n whipcord closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whipcord A kind of hard-twisted or braided cord, sometimes used for making whiplashes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whipcord A weave showing a corded effect or pattern running lengthwise of the fabric.
    • n whipcord A strong twisted hempen cord, so called because lashes or snappers of whips are made from it.
    • n whipcord A cord or string of catgut.
    • n whipcord A seaweed, Chorda filum, having a very long, slender, whip-like frond. See Chorda, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whipcord cord for making whips
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. whippen; prob. a form of wippen—Old Dut. wippen, to shake, conn. with Old High Ger. wipph, swinging motion (Ger. weifen, to move), and akin to L. vibrāre, to tremble.


In literature:

Name's Mervin; all whipcord and whalebone; springy as a bent bow.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The law clerk pointed with trembling hand, and the veins stood out on his forehead like whipcords.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
It happened that Bucky was tough as whipcord, as supple and untiring as a hickory sapling.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
What signifies a bit of whipcord?
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
After bearing with fortitude the first three whipcords, which broke from the violence of the twisting, she submitted to plead at the fourth.
"Bygone Punishments" by William Andrews
Dirt was being flung in my face, cutting it like whipcord.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
The veins upon his temples stood out like whipcord.
"Berenice" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
All his emergencies are of that kind; they need a piece of whipcord to bring them out right.
"Miss Muffet's Christmas Party" by Samuel McChord Crothers
MR. SAMUEL WARREN, Recorder of Hull, loves to season his sentences with plenty of whipcord.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Well, I mended the catch with wire and whipcord and it opened wide.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
The muscles had stood out on his arms like whipcords; sweat poured down his face.
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
On the back of his huge hand the muscles stood out like whipcords.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
I had found old Pierre in the village, and asked him to row me over; but though his arms were still like whipcords, he declined.
"The Day of His Youth" by Alice Brown
The lash was wound round one of them; there might have been more whipcord under the skin.
"Witching Hill" by E. W. Hornung
I would have trusted myself just then, broken leg and all, to a line of whipcord, if nothing else came handy.
"The White Man's Foot" by Grant Allen
From the end of the stick hung a thick piece of whipcord.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
The veins on his forehead started up like whipcord, and his eyes became suddenly bloodshot.
"Charlotte Brontë" by T. Wemyss Reid
Thus the carter wore whipcord on his hat, the cowherd a tuft of cow's hair, and so on.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 5" by Various
He brought his right fist up with the full whipcorded strength of his good arm, augmented by the muscles of the legs.
"The Lone Ranger Rides" by Fran Striker
A bit of whipcord tightened round a man's head is a wonderful persuader.
"Captain Calamity" by Rolf Bennett