Definition of cordage in English:



mass noun
  • Cords or ropes, especially in a ship's rigging.

    ‘masts, sails, and cordage were down in tangled confusion’
    • ‘It can be spun into a filament that is useful for making rope, webbing and cordage.’
    • ‘These reeds are then attached to each other by using strings of coarse cordage obtained from the makalani palm leaf fiber, tree bark or swamp grass which are individually knotted to the reeds.’
    • ‘Before the comparatively recent introduction of synthetic fibres, we relied on natural vegetable and animal products to make our clothes, cloths, carpets, and cordage.’
    • ‘Stone tools are virtually indestructible, whereas organic materials - bone, antler, wood, leather, sinews, cordage, basketry, featherwork, etc. - decay under most normal conditions.’
    • ‘One was the use of stinging nettle fibres for cordage.’
    • ‘At the time, there was great demand in Europe for good processed flax to make naval rope, cordage and sails.’
    • ‘She knew every plank by name and number, the land from where it had come, which piece fitted where, how much sisal cordage had been braided and the grasslands where it was grown.’
    • ‘Footropes still to be added to the foremast topsail, and some cordage here and there to be sorted out.’
    • ‘Such knowledge goes far beyond foodstuffs to include plants and plant-parts useful for dyes and for cordage and textile manufacture, as well as a vast array of medicinal leaves, bark, roots, stems, and berries.’
    • ‘Jake, knowing me more than anyone, knew this, and had make a two-person swing out of wood and cordage.’
    • ‘They cultivated cotton and wound it for cordage and twisted it into yarn for making garments.’
    • ‘He picked out some seeds and cordage, rope made by twisting plant fibers together.’
    • ‘The trade went in both directions: there was already a surplus of cordage and sailcloth that was traded on to Constantinople while there was a booming import-export business to Riga.’
    • ‘Hanks of sisal fiber purchased in Elmina market, usually used for making ropes and cordage for ocean-going fishing canoes, were dyed and dried in Hippies' upstairs studios.’
    • ‘The main mast top mast was bent to the deck with cordage and sail draping across to starboard.’
    • ‘From impressions of fiber cordage on fired clay, archaeologists have discovered evidence of string and of rope-making technology in Europe that dates back 28,000 years.’
    • ‘Hemp for cordage and sails was an early crop in the colonies, and one useful for more than warship construction.’
    • ‘Her innovative use of gut (intestinal skin) - now a signature material in her work - was inspired in part by Native American artifacts, from canoes to clothing and cordage.’
    • ‘It's nice to have a few yards of paracord in your pocket, but all kinds of vegetation can be pressed into service to make ropes and cordage.’
    • ‘This facility was a major producer of rope and cordage for the whole of the Royal Navy until March 1991, when all production ceased because of bomb damage.’


Late 15th century: from Old French, from corde ‘rope’ (see cord).