A rope is made by twisting strands of fiber together into a single, sturdy length. Use a rope to make a swing, tie a hog, or keep people out of your tree house.

Ropes are handy on sailboats for tying up sails; you also use ropes for mountain climbing, lassoing a steer, raising a curtain on a theater stage, and doing aerial tricks in the circus. As a verb, rope means "catch with a rope," or colloquially, to convince someone to do something: "She'll try to rope me into helping with the bake sale." When you show someone "the ropes," you explain the way things are done.

Primary Meanings of rope

a strong line
fasten with a rope
street names for flunitrazepan
Full Definitions of rope

n a strong line

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a rope with weights attached to the ends; is thrown to entangle the legs of an animal; of South American origin
a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in
bungee, bungee cord
an elasticized rope
a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
the ropes in the rigging of a ship
guide rope
a rope used to guide the movement of the load of a crane
halliard, halyard
a rope for raising or lowering a sail or flag
halter, hangman's halter, hangman's rope, hemp, hempen necktie
a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging
harpoon line
a strong rope for making the catch fast to the harpooner's boat
large heavy rope for nautical use
jump rope, skip rope, skipping rope
a length of rope (usually with handles on each end) that is swung around while someone jumps over it
rope that is used for fastening something to something else
lariat, lasso, reata, riata
a long noosed rope used to catch animals
a rope fitted with a hook and used for towing a gun carriage
small stuff
any light rope used on shipboard
something that is used for tying
tightly stretched rope or wire on which acrobats perform high above the ground
trip line
a light rope used in lumbering to free a dog hook from a log at a distance
ground cable
a mooring cable; runs from a buoy to a mooring anchor
high wire
a tightrope very high above the ground
a small usually tarred line of 2 strands
royal brace
a brace to secure the royal mast
small stuff that is used for lashing two or more ropes together
flat braided cordage that is used on ships
spun yarn
(nautical) small stuff consisting of a lightweight rope made of several rope yarns loosely wound together
Type of:
something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

v fasten with a rope

rope the bag securely”
Type of:
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

v catch with a lasso

rope cows”
Type of:
capture, catch, get
succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

n street names for flunitrazepan

Mexican valium, R-2, circle, forget me drug, roach, roofy, rophy
Type of:
Rohypnol, flunitrazepan
a depressant and tranquilizer (trade name Rohypnol) often used in the commission of sexual assault; legally available in Europe and Mexico and Colombia

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