from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resembling a rope or ropes.
- adj. Forming sticky glutinous strings or threads, as some liquids.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Resembling a rope.
- adj. Capable of forming rope-like or thread-like structures.
- adj. Of poor quality; in poor health.
- adj. Slimy, as after the action of Enterobacter aerogenes in syrup.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. capable of being drawn into a thread, as a glutinous substance; stringy; viscous; tenacious; glutinous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a rope or cord; cord-like.
- Capable of being drawn into a thread, as a glutinous substance; stringy; viscous; tenacious; glutinous: as, ropy wine; ropy lees.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (British informal) very poor in quality
- adj. forming viscous or glutinous threads
- adj. of or resembling rope (or ropes) in being long and strong
Shaking a cocktail produces a silky texture, often called a ropy texture.
Note the "ropy" character of the half-frozen rock on the sides of the nearest rivulet of the lava.
Cook until mixture forms thick, "ropy" threads that drip from the spoon.
"ropy," butter "oily" and "rancid," &c. Cheese in its numerous forms contains myriads of bacteria, and some of these are now known to be concerned in the various processes of ripening and other changes affecting the product, and although little is known as to the exact part played by any species, practical applications of the discoveries of the decade
At its center hulked a tormented volcano of ropy black stone.
The ropy black stone was teeming with destroyers—their insectoid figures steaming as they cooled.
Meltwaters had formed ropy lines of ice, and on that rumpled ice stood warriors.
He was sharp-featured and thin but ropy with muscle.
Claire had strong ropy arms and legs, veins and tendons showing in her feet, in her forearms and hands.
He was content to eat the leavings, the big tough carrots and the little ropy ones, rather than to venture a short distance farther on to where the carrots were as yet untouched.