Definition of headrope

1 obsolete : a rope leading from a masthead as a stay
2a : a part of a boltrope that is sewed along the upper edge of a sail
b : a rope along the upper edge of a fishnet
3a : a rope at the head of an animal (as for tying or leading it)
b : headfast
4 : agal

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First Known Use of headrope

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for headrope

Middle English hedrope, from hed head + rope

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“Headrope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headrope. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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