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

  • n. A long alley or covered pathway where strands of material, such as hemp fiber, are laid and twisted into rope.
  • n. A long narrow building containing such a pathway.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long straight narrow lane, or a covered pathway, where long strands of material were laid before being twisted into rope.
  • n. Any narrow walkway that has rope handrails.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A long, covered walk, or a low, level building, where ropes are manufactured.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long low building or shed prepared for making ropes, and furnished with machinery for that purpose.

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

  • n. workplace consisting of a long narrow path or shed where rope is made


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  • Article on how to build a "ropewalk" for constructing rope for ship models.

    MAKE Magazine

  • It was a ropewalk, and filled with stores of hemp, tar, and other flammable materials.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • On the land side of First stood the old brick shipbuilding factories, including an obsolete ropewalk building a quarter mile long.

    The Town

  • Expensive to set up, but a ropewalk makes good money, he said.

    The Burning City

  • Whandall thought he saw shadows moving near the ropewalk.

    The Burning City

  • Rebuilding of the ropewalk started the day after the Burning, and Pelzed himself came down to supervise and make it clear that the kinless working there were never to be molested.

    The Burning City

  • The square, the new ropewalk we'd paid so much to build after we lost the Ropewalker family!

    The Burning City

  • Whandall, we'll talk when we're over the pass, discuss arrangements, where the kids want to live, what it takes to set up a ropewalk.

    The Burning City

  • There's enough for your ropewalk, I think, if you and Carter stay together.

    The Burning City

  • Rigmaster's ropewalk was a long building with no windows but plenty of hemp in storage.

    The Burning City


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