WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cor•delle  (kôr del),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -delled, -dell•ing. 
n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa heavy rope formerly used for towing boats on rivers in Canada and the U.S.

v.t. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsto tow (a boat) by means of a cordelle.
  • French, diminutive of corde cord
  • 1785–95

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