Meaning of cordon

cor•don

Pronunciation: (kôr'dn), [key]
— n.
  1. a line of police, sentinels, military posts, warships, etc., enclosing or guarding an area.
  2. a cord or braid worn for ornament or as a fastening.
  3. a ribbon worn usually diagonally across the breast as a badge of a knightly or honorary order.
    1. a projecting course of stones at the base of a parapet.
    2. the coping of a scarp.
    1. a stringcourse, esp. one having little or no projection.
    2. a cut-stone riser on a stepped ramp or the like.
  4. a fruit tree or shrub trained to grow along a support or a series of such supports.
—v.t.
  1. to surround or blockade with or as with a cordon (usually fol. by off): The police cordoned off the street.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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