See also: ropě and ropę


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From Middle English rope, rape, from Old English rāp (rope, cord, cable), from Proto-West Germanic *raip, from Proto-Germanic *raipaz, *raipą (rope, cord, band, ringlet), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁roypnós (strap, band, rope), from *h₁reyp- (to peel off, tear; border, edge, strip).



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.
    Synonyms: twine, line, cord; see also Thesaurus:string
    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.
    The duchess wore a rope of pearls to the soirée.
    • 2003, Dennis Lehane, Mystic River[1], →ISBN, 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.
    Synonyms: rajju, infinitude
    • 2001, “Review of Metaphysical Teaching”, in Nagendra Kr. Singh, editor, Encyclopaedia of Jainism[2], →ISBN, 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) Rohypnol.
  13. (slang, vulgar) A shot of semen that a man releases during ejaculation.
  14. (in the plural) The small intestines.
    the ropes of birds

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

  1. (transitive) To tie (something) with rope.
    The robber roped the victims.
  2. (transitive) To throw a rope (or something similar, e.g. a lasso, cable, wire, etc.) around (something).
    The cowboy roped the calf.
  3. (intransitive) To climb by means of a rope or ropes.
    • 1984, G. F. Dutton, The Ridiculous Mountains (page 153)
      We roped down to the platform selected for the bivouac; set up our bags and brewed a reasonable meal.
  4. (intransitive) To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread.
  5. (slang, intransitive) To commit suicide.
    My life is a mess; I might as well rope.
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  1. (gaming, slang) Abbreviation of roolipeli (RPG (role-playing game)).


Norwegian BokmålEdit


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

  1. to shout

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rope (imperative rop, present tense ropar or roper, simple past ropa or ropte, past participle ropa or ropt, present participle ropande)

  1. Alternative form of ropa