Meaning of ROPE in English


I. ˈrōp noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English rāp; akin to Old High German reif hoop, Old Norse reip rope, Gothic skauda raip sandal strap



(1) : a large stout cord made of strands of natural or artificial fibers (as hemp, Manila hemp, sisal, jute, flax, cotton, or nylon) twisted or braided together especially in a thickness an inch or more in circumference or 1/4 inch to 5 inches in diameter

(2) : a large stout cord made of strands of wire twisted or braided together

(3) : a cord having a wire core with fiber strands braided around it

(4) : a large stout cord made of nonfibrous artificial material (as glass or a plastic)

b. : a braided or unbraided long slender strip of material used as rope

rawhide rope

c. : a piece of rope cut to a suitable length for a particular function: as

(1) : a cord for hanging a person : a hangman's noose

(2) : any of various lines aboard or connected to a ship

wheel rope

— see ship illustration

(3) obsolete : tightrope

(4) : lasso

(5) : one of the usually three cords stretched one above the other at intervals of about 18 inches that mark off a boxing or wrestling ring

2. : a unit of length : rood

3. : a line aboard a ship before it is used

a rope stored in a coil


a. : a row or string consisting of a number of things united (as by braiding, twining, or threading)

a rope of pearls

a rope of onions

b. : two or more mountain climbers fastened at intervals to a single rope for security

5. : slimy strands in food substances (as milk, flour, or bread) caused by contamination with bacteria or fungi — compare ropiness , ropy bread

6. : a device usually consisting of long streamers of aluminum foil dropped from an airplane to confuse enemy radar equipment



(1) : something that binds, confines, or holds in check

(2) : a condition, event, or action that helps a person in a disadvantageous state

redeemed me … from the ropes of sin — Maurice Samuel

b. : something twisted and braided like a rope

the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side — James Joyce

c. : something long, elongated, and strung out

far ahead in the dark I saw the monumental bridge, ropes of light across the dark river — Ralph Ellison

d. : sequence — used in panguingue and other card games of the rummy family

8. : freedom of action especially when likely to cause harm

enough rope to hang himself

allowing himself sufficient rope to wander beyond the city — Isolde Farrell

9. ropes plural : the special techniques or procedures involved : ins and outs

postponed everything … with the excuse that he was learning the ropes — T.R.Ybarra

- on the ropes

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb


a. : to bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord

I'll rope myself here so that I won't be swept overboard — Richard Sale

b. : to partition, separate, or divide by means of a rope so as to include or exclude

roped away from the entrance among a herd of other waiting people — J.B.Benefield

to rope off the street near the fire

c. : to capture by means of a rope : lasso

rope cattle

rope a steer

rope out a mustang

d. : to connect or fasten together (a party of mountain climbers) with a rope — usually used with up

2. of a sail : to sew a boltrope on the edge of

3. : to draw as if with a rope:

a. : to inveigle into joining an undertaking or organization

the conspirators roped into their scheme a whole network of the magnates — Hilaire Belloc

b. slang : to take in : swindle

an old confidence man wrote with nostalgia of fat marks he had roped and taken for their bankrolls — R.B.Gehman

— often used with in

c. slang : to attract by the use of sexual charms especially into an engagement — often used with in

intransitive verb

1. : to take the form of or twist in the manner of rope : to extend in a filament or thread (as by means of a glutinous or adhesive quality)

the saliva roping from his jowls — Ralph Ellison

2. : to connect or fasten together a party of mountain climbers with a rope

today soft snow lay on ice … so we roped up — W.H.Murray

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English rop, from Old English ropp, hrop; akin to Middle Dutch rop animal entrails

dialect Britain : entrail , intestine

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