from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To tie or fasten with or as if with rope.
  • transitive v. To enclose, separate, or partition with or as if with a rope: rope off the scene of the crime.
  • transitive v. To catch with a rope or lasso.
  • transitive v. Informal To trick or deceive: An unscrupulous salesperson roped us into buying worthless property.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line. syn. transl.
  • n. An individual length of such material.
  • n. A cohesive strand of something.
  • n. A continuous stream.
  • n. A hard line drive.
  • n. A long thin segment of soft clay, either extruded or formed by hand.
  • n. A data structure resembling a string, using a concatenation tree in which each leaf represents a character.
  • n. A unit of distance equivalent to the distance covered in six months by a god flying at ten million miles per second. syn.
  • n. A necklace of at least 1 meter in length.
  • n. Cordage of at least 1 inch in diameter, or a length of such cordage.
  • n. A unit of length equal to 20 feet.
  • n. Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol.
  • v. To tie (something) with something.
  • v. To throw a rope around (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive 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.
  • transitive v. To bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord.
  • transitive v. To connect or fasten together, as a party of mountain climbers, with a rope.
  • transitive v. To partition, separate, or divide off, by means of a rope, so as to include or exclude something.
  • transitive v. To lasso (a steer, horse).
  • transitive v. To draw, as with a rope; to entice; to inveigle; to decoy.
  • transitive v. To prevent from winning (as a horse), by pulling or curbing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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 cord of considerable thickness; technically, a cord over one inch in circumference.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fasten with a rope
  • v. catch with a lasso
  • n. street names for flunitrazepan
  • n. a strong line


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English rāp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English rāp. Cognate with Albanian rrip ("belt,rope").



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