Definition for CORD'ON

CORD'ON, n. [Fr. and Sp. cordon; It. cordone; Port. cordam. 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. – Johnson. Encyc.
  2. In military language, a line or series of military posts; as, a cordon of troops.

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