Other forms: ropes; roped; roping

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.

Definitions of rope
  1. noun
    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
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    something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
  2. verb
    fasten with a rope
    rope the bag securely”
    synonyms: leash
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    type of:
    bind, tie
    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
  3. verb
    catch with a lasso
    rope cows”
    synonyms: lasso
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    capture, catch, get
    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
  4. noun
    street names for flunitrazepan
    synonyms: Mexican valium, R-2, circle, forget me drug, roach, roofy, rophy
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    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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