A cowboy using a rope.
- 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.
- 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.
- a thick, strong cord made of intertwisted strands of fiber, thin wires, leather strips, etc.
- [pl.] such cords strung between posts to enclose a boxing ring
- such a cord, or a noose made of it, for hanging a person
- death by hanging: with the
- : a rope of pearls
- a length, esp. a thick, flexible length, of something: a rope of taffy, a rope of hair
- a ropelike string of things put together by or as by twisting, twining, braiding, or threading
- a ropelike, sticky formation in a liquid, as in wine
Origin of ropeMiddle English rop from Old English rap, akin to German reif (Goth raip) from Indo-European an unverified form reip-, rag, piece of cloth from base an unverified form rei-, to tear from source reap, reef
transitive verbroped, rop′ing
- to fasten, tie, or confine with or as with a rope
- to connect or tie together (esp. mountain climbers) by a rope
- to separate, mark off, or enclose with a rope: usually with in, off, or out
- to catch or throw with a lasso
give someone (enough) rope
on the ropes
- Boxing knocked against the ropes
- Slang near collapse or ruin
the end of one's rope
- A flexible heavy cord of tightly intertwined hemp or other fiber.
- A string of items attached in one line, especially by twisting or braiding: a rope of onions.
- A sticky glutinous formation of stringy matter in a liquid.
- a. A cord with a noose at one end for hanging a person.b. Execution or death by hanging: to die by the rope.
- A lasso or lariat.
- ropes Sports Several cords strung between poles to enclose a boxing or wrestling ring.
- ropes Informal Specialized procedures or details: learn the ropes; know the ropes.
- Baseball A line drive.
verbroped, rop·ing, ropes
- To tie, fasten, or attach with a rope or other cord.
- To enclose, separate, or partition with a rope or other cord: rope off the scene of the crime.
- To catch with a rope or lasso.
- Informal To persuade or manipulate (someone): My boss roped me into attending the ceremony.
Origin of ropeMiddle English from Old English rāp
(countable and uncountable, plural ropes)
- (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.
- (countable) An individual length of such material.
- The swinging bridge is constructed of 40 logs and 30 ropes.
- A cohesive strand of something.
- (dated) A continuous stream.
- (baseball) A hard line drive.
- He hit a rope past third and into the corner.
- (ceramics) A long thin segment of soft clay, either extruded or formed by hand.
- (computer science) A data structure resembling a string, using a concatenation tree in which each leaf represents a character.
- (Jainism) A unit of distance equivalent to the distance covered in six months by a god flying at ten million miles per second. syn.
- (jewelry) A necklace of at least 1 meter in length.
- (nautical) Cordage of at least 1 inch in diameter, or a length of such cordage.
- (archaic) A unit of length equal to 20 feet.
- (slang) Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol.
- (in the plural) The small intestines.
- the ropes of birds
(third-person singular simple present ropes, present participle roping, simple past and past participle roped)
- To tie (something) with something.
- The robber roped the victims.
- To throw a rope around (something).
- The cowboy roped the calf.
- (intransitive) To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread.
From Old English rÄp. Cognate with Albanian rrip (“belt,rope").