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  • n. One who or that which lopes; a runner; a leaper.
  • n. A swivel placed at one end of the rope-walk, with the whirl being at the opposite end.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, lopes; esp., a horse that lopes.
  • n. A swivel at one end of a ropewalk, used in laying the strands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which lopes. In rope-making (in the now nearly obsolete process of laying up strands in a rope-walk by the use of a whirl), a swivel placed at one end of the rope-walk, the whirl being at the other end.


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From lope (“to leap, run”) +‎ -er.


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  • Searls cast her letter as a response to people who have contacted her “expressing their dismay” and to “heavy criticism” she has received on the web site of Democratic Party activist George Loper, www.

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  • The news articles are more polished and concise on loper. org?!

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  • Smith did not care much for loper in any form; the meat was too strongly flavored for his taste-but it, was better than nothing and kept them from digging too deeply into food they had hauled along, Dora did not share her husband's distaste for loper meat; born there aid having eaten it now and then since earliest childhood, it seemed to her a normal food. \par

    Time Enough For Love

  • They took cold-sleep easily-when you shipped swine, half your breeding stock arrived as pork-and they could look out for themselves in many ways; a mule could stomp a wild loper to death. \par

    Time Enough For Love

  • I could see also plenty of animal sign-loper tracks and prairie goat and more that\par I could not identify.

    Time Enough For Love

  • He had not seen a loper for three days, which meant to him that they were three days closer to their next trouble with the beasts.

    Time Enough For Love

  • True, a loper might get a mule, but it was much more likely that the mule would get the loper-especially as other mules would close in and help stomp the carnivore.

    Time Enough For Love

  • These mules did not run from a loper; they struck out at him.

    Time Enough For Love

  • John Barleycorn had simply upped and died one night-or possibly lost to a loper; he was partly eaten when we found him. \par Three hens were dead and two piglets failed to make it, but the sow seemed willing to suckle the others. \par I had only two spare wheels left.

    Time Enough For Love


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  • "Loper, in rope making, a machine used to lay lines with.... It has two iron swivel-hooks (that run round in a brass or iron box) at each end, for the line to hang on and work, by the power of the fore turn, from the wheel at the upper end."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 246

    October 14, 2008