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- n. A tightrope walker.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who dances, walks, or performs acrobatic feats, on a rope extended through the air at some height.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who walks, dances, or performs acrobatic feats on a rope extended at a considerable height above the floor or ground; a funambulist. Also rope-walker.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an acrobat who performs on a rope stretched at some height above the ground
I love the old english fairground culture ... so this journal is ropedancer, zines and personal site are the raree show, and art business is magic lantern arts!
In reference to the connection between the duchess and the ropedancer, Mr. Pope introduced the following lines into his "Sober Advice from Horace:"
If a foreigner were to announce that he would dance on a pack-thread, he would ruin the ropedancer; because, as the thread would in all probability break, his danger would be greater, and therefore his exhibition would be incomparable!
"Pay me what her clothes cost," cried the ropedancer at last, "and you may take her."
At first he received her sternly and repellantly enough, but, as soon as she introduced herself as the ropedancer who had met with the accident, he showed himself to be a kindly old gentleman.
Never had he beheld any ropedancer display so much grace, strength, and daring.
The rogue was most probably one of the vagrants, and like a flash it entered his mind that the ropedancer, Kuni, who in her prosperous days, instead of eating meat and vegetables, preferred to satisfy her appetite with fruits and sweet dainties, might be the culprit.
The kindness which the lame ropedancer showed to the fragile child was lavishly returned to her by a thousand proofs of the warmest attachment.
The ropedancer remembered this statement, questioned other Bacchantes about these things, and heard the doctrine of the transmigration of the soul confirmed.
Yes, the ropedancer was jealous of the laurel-crowned child.