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Webster 1913 Edition


Rope

Rope

,
Noun.
[AS.
rāp
; akin to D.
reep
, G.
reif
ring hoop, Icel.
reip
rope, Sw.
rep
, Dan.
reb
,
reeb
Goth. skauda
raip
latchet.]
1.
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
.
2.
A row or string consisting of a number of things united, as by braiding, twining, etc.;
as, a
rope
of onions
.
3.
pl.
The small intestines;
as, the
ropes
of birds
.
Rope ladder
,
a ladder made of ropes.
Rope mat
.,
a mat made of cordage, or strands of old rope.
Rope of sand
,
something of no cohession or fiber; a feeble union or tie; something not to be relied upon.
Rope pump
,
a pump in which a rapidly running endless rope raises water by the momentum communicated to the water by its adhesion to the rope.
Rope transmission
(Mach.)
,
a method of transmitting power, as between distant places, by means of endless ropes running over grooved pulleys.
Rope’s end
,
a piece of rope; especially, one used as a lash in inflicting punishment.
To give one rope
,
to give one liberty or license; to let one go at will uncheked.

Rope

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Roped
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Roping
.]
To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread, as by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality.
Let us not hang like
roping
icicles
Upon our houses' thatch.
Shakespeare

Rope

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord;
as, to
rope
a bale of goods
.
Hence: –
2.
To connect or fasten together, as a party of mountain climbers, with a rope.
3.
To partition, separate, or divide off, by means of a rope, so as to include or exclude something;
as, to
rope in
,
or rope
off, a plot of ground; to
rope
out a crowd
.
4.
To lasso (a steer, horse).
[Colloq. U.S.]
5.
To draw, as with a rope; to entice; to inveigle; to decoy;
as, to
rope in customers or voters
.
[Slang, U.S.]
6.
To prevent from winning (as a horse), by pulling or curbing.
[Racing Slang, Eng.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Rope

ROPE

,
Noun.
1.
A large string or line composed of several strands twisted together. It differs from cord, line and string, only in its size; being the name given to all sorts of cordage above an inch in circumference. Indeed the smaller ropes, when used for certain purposes, are called lines.
Ropes are by seamen ranked under two descriptions, cable-laid, and hawser-laid; the former composed of nine strands, or three great strands, each consisting of three small ones; the latter made with three strands, each composed of a certain number of rope-yarns.
2.
A row or string consisting of a number of things united; as a rope of onions.
3.
Ropes, the intestines of birds.
Rope of sand, proverbially, feeble union or tie; a band easily broken.

ROPE

,
Verb.
I.
To draw out or extend into a filament or thread, by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality. Any glutinous substance will rope considerably before it will part.

Definition 2022


rope

rope

English

Alternative forms

  • roap, roape (all obsolete)

Noun

rope (countable and uncountable, plural ropes)

Length of rope.
  1. (uncountable) Thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line. syn. transl.
    Nylon rope is usually stronger than similar rope made of plant fibers.
  2. (countable) An individual length of such material.
    The swinging bridge is constructed of 40 logs and 30 ropes.
  3. A cohesive strand of something.
    • 2003, Dennis Lehane, Mystic River, ISBN 0688163165, page 138:
      Jimmy began to scream and ropes of spit shot from his mouth.
  4. (dated) A continuous stream.
  5. (baseball) A hard line drive.
    He hit a rope past third and into the corner.
  6. (ceramics) A long thin segment of soft clay, either extruded or formed by hand.
  7. (computer science) A data structure resembling a string, using a concatenation tree in which each leaf represents a character.
  8. (Jainism) A unit of distance equivalent to the distance covered in six months by a god flying at ten million miles per second. syn.
    • 2001, “Review of Metaphysical Teaching”, in Nagendra Kr. Singh, editor, Encyclopaedia of Jainism, ISBN 8126106913, page 7522:
      The central strip of the loka, the Middle World, represents its smallest area, being only one rope wide and one hundred thousand leagues high, []
  9. (jewelry) A necklace of at least 1 meter in length.
  10. (nautical) Cordage of at least 1 inch in diameter, or a length of such cordage.
  11. (archaic) A unit of length equal to 20 feet.
  12. (slang) Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol.
  13. (in the plural) The small intestines.
    the ropes of birds

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Verb

rope (third-person singular simple present ropes, present participle roping, simple past and past participle roped)

  1. (transitive) To tie (something) with something.
    The robber roped the victims.
  2. (transitive) To throw a rope around (something).
    The cowboy roped the calf.
  3. (intransitive) To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread.
    • Shakespeare
      Let us not hang like roping icicles / Upon our houses' thatch.

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Finnish

(index r)

Noun

rope (shortened form of roolipeli)

  1. (gaming) RPG (role-playing game)

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Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

rope (imperative rop, present tense roper, simple past ropte, past participle ropt)

  1. to shout

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