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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CORDON, n. [See Cord.]
1. In fortification, a row of stones jutting before the rampart, and the basis of the parapet; or a row of stones between the wall of a fortress which lies aslope, and the parapet which is perpendicular; serving as an ornament, and used only in fortifications of stone-work.
2. In military language, a line or series of military posts; as a cordon of troops.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing
2: cord or ribbon worn as an insignia of honor or rank
3: adornment consisting of an ornamental ribbon or cord

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: French, diminutive of corde cord Date: 15th century 1. a. an ornamental cord or ribbon b. stringcourse 2. a. a line of troops or of military posts enclosing an area to prevent passage b. a line of persons or objects around a person or place <a cordon of police> 3. an espalier especially of a fruit tree trained as a single horizontal shoot or two diverging horizontal shoots in a single line II. transitive verb Date: 1561 to form a protective or restrictive cordon around usually used with off <police cordoned off the area around the crime scene>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a line or circle of police, soldiers, guards, etc., esp. preventing access to or from an area. 2 a an ornamental cord or braid. b the ribbon of a knightly order. 3 a fruit-tree trained to grow as a single stem. 4 Archit. a string-course. --v.tr. (often foll. by off) enclose or separate with a cordon of police etc. Etymology: It. cordone augmentative of corda CORD, & F cordon (as CORD)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cordon Cor"don (k?r"d?n; F. k?r"d?n"), n. [F., fr. corde. See Cord.] 1. A cord or ribbon bestowed or borne as a badge of honor; a broad ribbon, usually worn after the manner of a baldric, constituting a mark of a very high grade in an honorary order. Cf. Grand cordon. 2. The cord worn by a Franciscan friar. --Sir E. Sandys. 3. (Fort.) The coping of the scarp wall, which projects beyong the face of the wall a few inches. 4. (Mil.) A line or series of sentinels, or of military posts, inclosing or guarding any place or thing. 5. A rich and ornamental lace or string, used to secure a mantle in some costumes of state. Cordon bleu (k?r`d?n" bl?") [F., blue cordon], a first-rate cook, or one worthy to be the cook of the cordons bleus, or Knights of the Holy Ghost, famous for their good dinners. Cordon sanitaire (k?r`d?n" s?`n?`t?r") [F., sanitary cordon], a line of troops or military posts around a district infected with disease, to cut off communication, and thus prevent the disease from spreading.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(cordons, cordoning, cordoned) A cordon is a line or ring of police, soldiers, or vehicles preventing people from entering or leaving an area. Police formed a cordon between the two crowds. N-COUNT

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