Cord vs. String - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Cord (noun)

    A long, thin, flexible length of twisted yarns (strands) of fiber (rope, for example); uncountable such a length of twisted strands considered as a commodity.

    "The burglar tied up the victim with a cord."

    "He looped some cord around his fingers."

  • Cord (noun)

    A small flexible electrical conductor composed of wires insulated separately or in bundles and assembled together usually with an outer cover; the electrical cord of a lamp, sweeper (US vacuum cleaner), or other appliance.

  • Cord (noun)

    A unit of measurement for firewood, equal to 128 cubic feet (4 × 4 × 8 feet), composed of logs and/or split logs four feet long and none over eight inches diameter. It is usually seen as a stack four feet high by eight feet long.

  • Cord (noun)

    Any influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord.

  • Cord (noun)

    Any structure having the appearance of a cord, especially a tendon or nerve.

    "spermatic cord; spinal cord; umbilical cord; vocal cords"

  • Cord (noun)

    dated form of chord|nodot=1: musical sense.

  • Cord (noun)

    misspelling of chord|nodot=1: a cross-section measurement of an aircraft wing.

  • Cord (verb)

    To furnish with cords

  • Cord (verb)

    To tie or fasten with cords

  • Cord (verb)

    To flatten a book during binding

  • Cord (verb)

    To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.

  • String (noun)

    A long, thin and flexible structure made from threads twisted together.

  • String (noun)

    Such a structure considered as a substance.

  • String (noun)

    Any similar long, thin and flexible object.

    "a violin string"

    "a bowstring"

  • String (noun)

    A thread or cord on which a number of objects or parts are strung or arranged in close and orderly succession; hence, a line or series of things arranged on a thread, or as if so arranged.

    "a string of shells or beads; a string of sausages"

  • String (noun)

    A cohesive substance taking the form of a string.

    "The string of spittle dangling from his chin was most unattractive"

  • String (noun)

    A series of items or events.

    "a string of successes"

  • String (noun)

    The members of a sports team or squad regarded as most likely to achieve success. (Perhaps metaphorical as the "strings" that hold the squad together.) Often first string, second string etc.

  • String (noun)

    In various games and competitions, a certain number of turns at play, of rounds, etc.

  • String (noun)

    A group of racehorses kept at one track.

  • String (noun)

    An ordered sequence of text characters stored consecutively in memory and capable of being processed as a single entity.

  • String (noun)

    A stringed instrument.

  • String (noun)

    The stringed instruments as a section of an orchestra, especially those played by a bow, or the persons playing those instruments.

  • String (noun)

    The conditions and limitations in a contract collectively.

    "no strings attached"

  • String (noun)

    The main object of study in string theory, a branch of theoretical physics.

  • String (noun)

    Cannabis or marijuana.

  • String (noun)

    Part of the game of billiards, where the order of the play is determined by testing who can get a ball closest to the bottom rail by shooting it onto the end rail.

  • String (noun)

    The points made in a game of billiards.

  • String (noun)

    The line from behind and over which the cue ball must be played after being out of play, as by being pocketed or knocked off the table; also called the string line.

  • String (noun)

    A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.

  • String (noun)

    A fibre, as of a plant; a little fibrous root.

  • String (noun)

    A nerve or tendon of an animal body.

  • String (noun)

    An inside range of ceiling planks, corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and bolted to it.

  • String (noun)

    The tough fibrous substance that unites the valves of the pericarp of leguminous plants.

    "the strings of beans"

  • String (noun)

    A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic vein.

  • String (noun)

    A stringcourse.

  • String (noun)

    A hoax; a fake story.

  • String (verb)

    To put (items) on a string.

    "You can string these beads on to this cord to make a colorful necklace."

  • String (verb)

    To put strings on (something).

    "It is difficult to string a tennis racket properly."

  • String (verb)

    To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  • Cord (noun)

    A string, or small rope, composed of several strands twisted together.

  • Cord (noun)

    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.

  • Cord (noun)

    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 vanity.

  • Cord (noun)

    Any structure having the appearance of a cord, esp. a tendon or a nerve. See under Spermatic, Spinal, Umbilical, Vocal.

  • Cord (noun)

    See Chord.

  • Cord

    To bind with a cord; to fasten with cords; to connect with cords; to ornament or finish with a cord or cords, as a garment.

  • Cord

    To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.

  • String (noun)

    A small cord, a line, a twine, or a slender strip of leather, or other substance, used for binding together, fastening, or tying things; a cord, larger than a thread and smaller than a rope; as, a shoe string; a bonnet string; a silken string.

  • String (noun)

    A thread or cord on which a number of objects or parts are strung or arranged in close and orderly succession; hence, a line or series of things arranged on a thread, or as if so arranged; a succession; a concatenation; a chain; as, a string of shells or beads; a string of dried apples; a string of houses; a string of arguments.

  • String (noun)

    A strip, as of leather, by which the covers of a book are held together.

  • String (noun)

    The cord of a musical instrument, as of a piano, harp, or violin; specifically (pl.), the stringed instruments of an orchestra, in distinction from the wind instruments; as, the strings took up the theme.

  • String (noun)

    The line or cord of a bow.

  • String (noun)

    A fiber, as of a plant; a little, fibrous root.

  • String (noun)

    A nerve or tendon of an animal body.

  • String (noun)

    An inside range of ceiling planks, corresponding to the sheer strake on the outside and bolted to it.

  • String (noun)

    The tough fibrous substance that unites the valves of the pericap of leguminous plants, and which is readily pulled off; as, the strings of beans.

  • String (noun)

    A small, filamentous ramification of a metallic vein.

  • String (noun)

    Same as Stringcourse.

  • String (noun)

    The points made in a game.

  • String (noun)

    In various indoor games, a score or tally, sometimes, as in American billiard games, marked by buttons threaded on a string or wire.

  • String (noun)

    The line from behind and over which the cue ball must be played after being out of play as by being pocketed or knocked off the table; - called also string line.

  • String (noun)

    A hoax; a trumped-up or "fake" story.

  • String (noun)

    a sequence of similar objects or events sufficiently close in time or space to be perceived as a group; a string of accidents; a string of restaurants on a highway.

  • String (noun)

    A one-dimensional string-like mathematical object used as a means of representing the properties of fundamental particles in string theory, one theory of particle physics; such hypothetical objects are one-dimensional and very small (10-33 cm) but exist in more than four spatial dimensions, and have various modes of vibration. Considering particles as strings avoids some of the problems of treating particles as points, and allows a unified treatment of gravity along with the other three forces (electromagnetism, the weak force, and the strong force) in a manner consistent with quantum mechanics. See also string theory.

  • String

    To furnish with strings; as, to string a violin.

  • String

    To put in tune the strings of, as a stringed instrument, in order to play upon it.

  • String

    To put on a string; to file; as, to string beads.

  • String

    To make tense; to strengthen.

  • String

    To deprive of strings; to strip the strings from; as, to string beans. See String, n., 9.

  • String

    To hoax; josh; jolly; often used with along; as, we strung him along all day until he realized we were kidding.

  • String (verb)

    To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Cord (noun)

    a line made of twisted fibers or threads;

    "the bundle was tied with a cord"

  • Cord (noun)

    a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet

  • Cord (noun)

    a light insulated conductor for household use

  • Cord (noun)

    a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton

  • Cord (verb)

    stack in cords;

    "cord firewood"

  • Cord (verb)

    bind or tie with a cord

  • String (noun)

    a lightweight cord

  • String (noun)

    stringed instruments that are played with a bow;

    "the strings played superlatively well"

  • String (noun)

    a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed

  • String (noun)

    a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding;

    "a string of islands"

    "train of mourners"

    "a train of thought"

  • String (noun)

    a linear sequence of symbols (characters or words or phrases)

  • String (noun)

    a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening;

    "he pulled the drawstring and closed the bag"

  • String (noun)

    a collection of objects threaded on a single strand

  • String (noun)

    a necklace made by a stringing objects together;

    "a string of beads"

    "a strand of pearls"

  • String (verb)

    thread on or as if on a string;

    "string pearls on a string"

    "the child drew glass beads on a string"

    "thread dried cranberries"

  • String (verb)

    add as if on a string;

    "string these ideas together"

    "string up these songs and you'll have a musical"

  • String (verb)

    move or come along

  • String (verb)

    stretch out or arrange like a string

  • String (verb)

    string together; tie or fasten with a string;

    "string the package"

  • String (verb)

    remove the stringy parts of;

    "string beans"

  • String (verb)

    provide with strings;

    "string my guitar"

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