American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A flexible heavy cord of tightly intertwined hemp or other fiber.
- n. A string of items attached in one line by or as if by twisting or braiding: a rope of onions.
- n. A sticky glutinous formation of stringy matter in a liquid.
- n. A cord with a noose at one end for hanging a person.
- n. Execution or death by hanging: to die by the rope.
- n. A lasso or lariat.
- n. Sports Several cords strung between poles to enclose a boxing or wrestling ring.
- n. Informal Specialized procedures or details: learn the ropes; know the ropes.
- v. To tie or fasten with or as if with rope.
- v. To enclose, separate, or partition with or as if with a rope: rope off the scene of the crime.
- v. To catch with a rope or lasso.
- v. Informal To trick or deceive: An unscrupulous salesperson roped us into buying worthless property.
- v. To become like a cord or rope.
- idiom. on the ropes Sports Knocked against the ropes that enclose a boxing ring.
- idiom. on the ropes On the verge of defeat or collapse; hopeless or powerless.
- idiom. the end of (one's) rope The limit of one's patience, endurance, or resources: After six months on strike, the workers were at the end of their rope.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cord of considerable thickness; technically, a cord over one inch in circumference. Ropes are usually made of hemp, manila, flax, cotton, coir, or other vegetable fiber, or of iron, steel, or other metallic wire. A hempen rope is composed of a certain number of yarns or threads, which are first spun or twisted into strands, and the finished ropes have special names according to the number and arrangement of the strands, and the various sizes are indicated by the circumference in inches. The ropes in ordinary use on board a vessel are composed of three strands, laid right-handed, or, as it is called (though this is not correct for southern latitudes), “with the sun.” Occasionally a piece of large rope will be found laid up in four strands, also with the sun. This is generally used for standing rigging, tacks, sheets, etc., and is sometimes called
shroud-laid. In nautical language a rope is usually called a line.
- n. A row or string consisting of a number of things united so as to form a cord more or less thick: as, a rope of onions; a rope of pearls.
- n. Anything glutinous or gelatinous which is drawn out in long strings.
- n. A local linear measure, twenty feet; in Devonshire, a measure of stonework, 20 feet in length, 1 foot in height, and 18 inches in thickness.
- n. Haughty; arrogant.
- To be drawn out or extended into a filament or thread by means of any glutinous or adhesive element.
- To draw by or as by a rope; tie up or fasten together with a rope or ropes: as, to rope a bale of goods; specifically, to connect by means of ropes fastened to the body, for safety in mountain-climbing: as, the guides insisted that the party should be roped.
- To pull or curb in; restrain, as a rider his horse, to prevent him from winning a race; pull: a not uncommon trick on the turf.
- To catch with a noosed rope; lasso.
- To tether, as a horse.
- To inclose or mark off with a rope: as, a space in front of the pictures was roped off to prevent injury to them; a circle was roped out for the games.
- To sew a bolt-rope on, as on a sail or an awning.
- n. A Middle English form of roop.
- n. See rop.
- n. A dwarf.
- n. The basal anchoring tuft of glassy fibers which occurs in the hexactinellid sponges.
- n. In mine- or plane-haulage, a continuous rope, usually of wire (driven from a conveniently placed drum) to which, by special grip appliances, the cars to be moved can be attached without stopping the motion of the rope.
- n. uncountable Thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line. syn. transl.
- n. countable An individual length of such material.
- n. A cohesive strand of something.
- n. dated A continuous stream.
- n. baseball A hard line drive.
- n. ceramics A long thin segment of soft clay, either extruded or formed by hand.
- n. computer science A data structure resembling a string, using a concatenation tree in which each leaf represents a character.
- n. Jainism A unit of distance equivalent to the distance covered in six months by a god flying at ten million miles per second. syn.
- n. jewelry A necklace of at least 1 meter in length.
- n. nautical Cordage of at least 1 inch in diameter, or a length of such cordage.
- n. archaic A unit of length equal to 20 feet.
- n. slang Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol.
- v. transitive To tie (something) with something.
- v. transitive To throw a rope around (something).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A large, stout cord, usually one not less than an inch in circumference, made of strands twisted or braided together. It differs from
cord, line, and string, only in its size. See cordage.
- n. A row or string consisting of a number of things united, as by braiding, twining, etc..
- n. The small intestines.
- v. To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread, as by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality.
- v. To bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord.
- v. To connect or fasten together, as a party of mountain climbers, with a rope.
- v. To partition, separate, or divide off, by means of a rope, so as to include or exclude something.
- v. Colloq. U.S. To lasso (a steer, horse).
- v. Slang, U.S. To draw, as with a rope; to entice; to inveigle; to decoy.
- v. Racing Slang, Eng. To prevent from winning (as a horse), by pulling or curbing.
- v. fasten with a rope
- v. catch with a lasso
- n. street names for flunitrazepan
- n. a strong line
- From Old English rāp. Cognate with Albanian rrip ("belt,rope"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English rāp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I speak from the voice of experience, wrapping hundreds of feet of sisal rope is a tedious and time consuming project.”
“Day by day the rope is getting longer and the day is coming (next election) when GOP will be hanged by Americans.”
“It would be difficult to legally distinguish a jump rope from a garotte ....”
“No, I was anticipating a response to my statement that a jump rope is not a weapon.”
“If, on the other hand, the rope is being held by burley Zapatistas or local villagers supporting a village cause and the rope holders are surrounded by menacing locals or other Zapatistas, stop and pay your reasonably assumed toll to proceed but be neither niggardly nor overly generous in what you proffer.”
“A roughly two-foot piece of light rope is tied to the screw eye, and a clasp is attached to the opposite end.”
“No poles at all, just tossed a rope from the top of the teepee over a tree limb and put four pegs down, one in each corner.”
“If the rope is being held by cute little girls surrounded by other young people and selling local products, just keep going.”
“A former supermodel turned journalist, my modeling photos -- among them a magazine cover from Cosmopolitan and a partial nude photo of me wrapped in rope for an ad for Tigress Perfume -- were flashed on the screen, giving a sudden jolt of sensuality.”
“This is a shoelace-like rope from a used gift bag.”
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