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Rope definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ROPE, n.
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, v.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.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a strong line
2: street names for flunitrazepan [syn: R-2, Mexican valium, rophy, rope, roofy, roach, forget me drug, circle] v
1: catch with a lasso; "rope cows" [syn: lasso, rope]
2: fasten with a rope; "rope the bag securely" [syn: rope, leash]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English r?p; akin to Old High German reif hoop Date: before 12th century 1. a. a large stout cord of strands of fibers or wire twisted or braided together b. a long slender strip of material used as rope <rawhide rope> c. a hangman's noose d. lariat 2. a row or string consisting of things united by or as if by braiding, twining, or threading 3. plural special or basic techniques or procedures <show him the ropes> 4. line drive ropelike adjective II. verb (roped; roping) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord b. to partition, separate, or divide by a rope <rope off the street> c. lasso 2. to draw as if with a rope ; lure intransitive verb to take the form of or twist in the manner of rope roper noun

Britannica Concise

Assemblage of fibers, filaments, or wires compacted by twisting or braiding into a long, flexible line. Wire rope is often referred to as cable. The basic requirement for service is that the rope remain firmly compacted and structurally stable, even while being bent, twisted, and pulled. The most important property of a rope is its tensile strength. Because even short fibers can be spun into long flexible yarns, practically any fiber can be made into a rope. Braided ropes deteriorate more slowly than twisted ropes.

U.S. Military Dictionary

(*) An element of chaff consisting of a long roll of metallic foil or wire which is designed for broad, low-frequency responses. See also chaff.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a stout cord made by twisting together strands of hemp, sisal, flax, cotton, nylon, wire, or similar material. b a piece of this. c US a lasso. 2 (foll. by of) a quantity of onions, ova, or pearls strung together. 3 (in pl., prec. by the) a the conditions in some sphere of action (know the ropes; show a person the ropes). b the ropes enclosing a boxing- or wrestling-ring or cricket ground. 4 (prec. by the) a a halter for hanging a person. b execution by hanging. --v. 1 tr. fasten, secure, or catch with rope. 2 tr. (usu. foll. by off, in) enclose (a space) with rope. 3 Mountaineering a tr. connect (a party) with a rope; attach (a person) to a rope. b (absol.) put on a rope. c intr. (foll. by down, up) climb down or up using a rope. Phrases and idioms: give a person plenty of rope (or enough rope to hang himself or herself) give a person enough freedom of action to bring about his or her own downfall. on the rope Mountaineering roped together. on the ropes 1 Boxing forced against the ropes by the opponent's attack. 2 near defeat. rope in persuade to take part. rope into persuade to take part in (was roped into doing the washing-up). rope-ladder two long ropes connected by short crosspieces, used as a ladder. rope-moulding a moulding cut spirally in imitation of rope-strands. rope of sand delusive security. rope's end hist. a short piece of rope used to flog (formerly, esp. a sailor) with. rope-walk a long piece of ground where ropes are made. rope-walker a performer on a tightrope. rope-walking the action of performing on a tightrope. rope-yard a rope-making establishment. rope-yarn 1 material obtained by unpicking rope-strands, or used for making them. 2 a piece of this. 3 a mere trifle. Etymology: OE rap f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rope Rope, n. [AS. r[=a]p; akin to D. reep, G. reif ring hoop, Icel. reip rope, Sw. rep, Dan. reb, reeb Goth. skaudaraip 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rope Rope, v. 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 ropingicicles Upon our houses' thatch. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rope Rope, v. 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's 1913 Dictionary

Drag line Drag line or rope rope . (A["e]ronautics) A guide rope.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Snub Snub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snubbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Snubbing.] [Cf. Icel. ssnubba to snub, chide, Sw. snubba, Icel. snubb[=o]ttr snubbed, nipped, and E. snib.] 1. To clip or break off the end of; to check or stunt the growth of; to nop. 2. To check, stop, or rebuke, with a tart, sarcastic reply or remark; to reprimand; to check. --J. Foster. 3. To treat with contempt or neglect, as a forward or pretentious person; to slight designedly. To snub a cable or rope (Naut.), to check it suddenly in running out. --Totten.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ropes, roping, roped) 1. A rope is a thick cord or wire that is made by twisting together several thinner cords or wires. Ropes are used for jobs such as pulling cars, tying up boats, or tying things together. He tied the rope around his waist. ...a piece of rope. N-VAR 2. If you rope one thing to another, you tie the two things together with a rope. I roped myself to the chimney. VERB: V n to n 3. If you give someone enough rope to hang themselves, you give them the freedom to do a job in their own way because you hope that their attempts will fail and that they will look foolish. The King has merely given the politicians enough rope to hang themselves... PHRASE: give inflects 4. If you are learning the ropes, you are learning how a particular task or job is done. (INFORMAL) PHRASE: V inflects 5. If you know the ropes, you know how a particular job or task should be done. (INFORMAL) The moment she got to know the ropes, there was no stopping her. PHRASE: V inflects 6. If you describe a payment as money for old rope, you are emphasizing that it is earned very easily, for very little effort. (BRIT INFORMAL) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR [emphasis] 7. If you show someone the ropes, you show them how to do a particular job or task. (INFORMAL) PHRASE: V inflects

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

rop: Used in the Old Testament for chebhel, "that which binds" (2Sa 17:13, etc.), and for `abhoth, "that which is woven" (Jud 15:13, etc.). In neither word is any specified thickness or strength connoted, and chebhel is translated equally well by "line" (2Sa 8:2, etc.) or "cord" (Jos 2:15, etc.), and `abhoth by "cord" (Ps 118:27, etc.), as best suits the context. Similarly in the New Testament the word schoinion, literally, "made of rushes" can mean the rope by which a boat is fastened (Ac 27:32) or small cords suitable for a whip (Joh 2:15). The usual material for ropes was certainly flax (hemp), but the Egyptians, and so possibly the Hebrews, at times made ropes of leathern thongs.


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Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. a. 1. Draw as by a rope, fasten, tie. 2. Pull, curb in, restrain. II. v. n. Be ropy or viscous.

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