Rope definition

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A string of items attached in one line, especially by twisting or braiding.

A rope of onions.

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To tie, fasten, or attach with a rope or other cord.
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A sticky glutinous formation of stringy matter in a liquid.
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Rope is defined as to connect or restrict.

An example of rope is tying multiple items together on a line.

An example of rope is to put a lasso around the neck of a horse to constrict its movement.

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The definition of a rope is a strong and thick line made of twisted fibers.

An example of a rope is what a cowboy uses for making a lasso.

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A lasso or lariat.
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(sports) Several cords strung between poles to enclose a boxing or wrestling ring.
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(informal) Specialized procedures or details.

Learn the ropes; know the ropes.

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(baseball) A line drive.
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A cord with a noose at one end for hanging a person.
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Execution or death by hanging.

To die by the rope.

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To enclose, separate, or partition with a rope or other cord.

Rope off the scene of the crime.

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To catch with a rope or lasso.
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(informal) To persuade or manipulate (someone).

My boss roped me into attending the ceremony.

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A thick, strong cord made of intertwisted strands of fiber, thin wires, leather strips, etc.
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Such cords strung between posts to enclose a boxing ring.
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A ropelike, sticky formation in a liquid, as in wine.
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Such a cord, or a noose made of it, for hanging a person.
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Death by hanging.
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A length, esp. a thick, flexible length, of something.

A rope of taffy, a rope of hair.

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A ropelike string of things put together by or as by twisting, twining, braiding, or threading.
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To fasten, tie, or confine with or as with a rope.
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To connect or tie together (esp. mountain climbers) by a rope.
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To separate, mark off, or enclose with a rope.
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To catch or throw with a lasso.
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To become ropelike and sticky.

To cook candy until it ropes.

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(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.

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(countable) An individual length of such material.

The swinging bridge is constructed of 40 logs and 30 ropes.

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A cohesive strand of something.
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(dated) A continuous stream.
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(baseball) A hard line drive.

He hit a rope past third and into the corner.

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(ceramics) A long thin segment of soft clay, either extruded or formed by hand.
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(computer science) A data structure resembling a string, using a concatenation tree in which each leaf represents a character.
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(Jainism) A unit of distance equivalent to the distance covered in six months by a god flying at ten million miles per second. syn.
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(jewelry) A necklace of at least 1 meter in length.
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(nautical) Cordage of at least 1 inch in diameter, or a length of such cordage.
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(archaic) A unit of length equal to 20 feet.
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(slang) Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol.
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(in the plural) The small intestines.

The ropes of birds.

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To tie (something) with something.

The robber roped the victims.

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To throw a rope around (something).

The cowboy roped the calf.

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(intransitive) To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread.
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A flexible heavy cord of tightly intertwined hemp or other fiber.
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on the ropes
  • Knocked against the ropes that enclose a boxing ring.
  • On the verge of defeat or collapse; hopeless or powerless.
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give someone (enough) rope
  • to allow someone freedom of action in the expectation that that person will overreach himself or herself
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on the ropes
  • knocked against the ropes
  • near collapse or ruin
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rope in
  • to entice or trick into doing something
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the end of one's rope
  • the end of one's endurance, resources, etc.
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the ropes
  • the details or procedures of something
    A new employee learning the ropes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rope
Plural:
ropes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

give someone (enough) rope
the ropes

Origin of rope

  • Middle English from Old English rāp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English rāp. Cognate with Albanian rrip (“belt,rope").

    From Wiktionary