rope

noun
\ˈrōp \

Definition of rope 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a large stout cord of strands of fibers or wire twisted or braided together

b : a long slender strip of material used as rope rawhide rope

c : a hangman's noose

d : lariat

2 : a row or string consisting of things united by or as if by braiding, twining, or threading

3 ropes plural : special or basic techniques or procedures show him the ropes

on the ropes

: in a defensive and often helpless position

rope

verb
roped; roping

Definition of rope (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord

b : to partition, separate, or divide by a rope rope off the street

c : lasso

2 : to draw as if with a rope : lure

intransitive verb

: to take the form of or twist in the manner of rope

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Other Words from rope

Noun

ropelike \ˈrōp-ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

roper noun

Synonyms for rope

Synonyms: Noun

cable, cord, lace, lacing, line, string, wire

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Examples of rope in a Sentence

Noun

Tie the end of the rope to the post. She made a knot in the rope. a six-foot length of rope We used rope to tie down the furniture in the trailer. The hostages were tied up with rope. The veteran cop showed the rookie the ropes. It will take a few weeks for new employees to learn the ropes. someone who knows the ropes

Verb

The dog was roped to the fence. The boats were roped together at the dock. Mountain climbers often rope themselves together for safety. He tried to rope the calf.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hemp has been used for many things, including ropes, sails and cloth, according to Cecilia Hillard is a professor and director of the Neuroscience Research Center for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you might be asking about hemp," 13 July 2018 The Big Four traditional broadcast networks, meanwhile — CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox — remain against the ropes, accounting for only one of the seven drama series noms (NBC's This Is Us) and only one of the eight comedy series noms (ABC's Black-ish). Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Netflix and HBO Set to Compete on Equal Footing," 12 July 2018 And instead of a rubberized cord, these are connected via a sturdy, reflective nylon rope, with intuitive, easy-to-find inline controls. Adrienne So, WIRED, "The Best Wireless Workout Headphones," 11 July 2018 Officials said new guide ropes and fresh air canisters need to be placed along the route before operations continue. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Here's a Buffalo, New York, wrestler launching his opponent a dozen feet in the air over the top rope and out of the ring. Fox News, "Trump eyes even higher tariffs as China trade war escalates," 7 July 2018 Everyone understood that this was like trying to scale Everest with ropes and some old hiking boots and no oxygen. Jonathan Lai, Philly.com, "Pa. redistricting reform not dead … but close to it," 26 June 2018 Stay away from water, wet items such as ropes and metal objects such as fences and poles. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Romans used the plant in various medicines and made rope and cloth (canvas) from its fibers. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "So many words to talk about elections," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the explosive fireworks that the stores stocked were roped off, available only to out-of-state buyers. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Fireworks sales are booming in Pennsylvania thanks to a change in the law," 30 June 2018 The area around the office building remained roped off with yellow police tape Thursday evening, while dozens of police vehicles from the city and county clogged the streets and parking lots. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "At Least Five Dead in Shooting at Maryland Newspaper Office," 28 June 2018 At the absolute worst, they’ll be roped into performing a visual stunt or goofy sketch, but the name of the game is always having fun. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jimmy Fallon Can’t Ignore Donald Trump," 26 June 2018 The pair was roped together, but not always clipped into the aluminum pickets placed for protection on that stretch of the West Buttress route. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Weeks after her wedding day, a Polish climber survives a 1,000-foot slide from a Denali ridge," 6 June 2018 House members are roping in Trump on a plan to depose Ryan this summer, putting the House in the hands of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. David Dayen, The New Republic, "A Fitting End to Paul Ryan’s Fraudulent Political Career," 22 May 2018 Numerous law enforcement officers and vehicles could be seen outside the residence and a large area around it was roped off with crime scene tape. Mitch Mitchell, Domingo Ramirez Jr. And Stephen English, star-telegram, "Ex-husband kills 3 children, ex-wife's boyfriend and himself in Ponder, authorities say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 While almost all players were roped into this world, some were more reticent than others. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - The Own Goal That Killed Andres Escobar," 13 May 2018 Brazile entered Sunday’s steer roping final round ranked No. 1 in the average/aggregate race with a time of 42.1 seconds on three runs. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "Trevor Brazile doubles his fun at Windy Ryon Memorial Roping event | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of rope

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for rope

Noun

Middle English, from Old English rāp; akin to Old High German reif hoop

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rope's-end

rope's end

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The first known use of rope was before the 12th century

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rope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong, thick string that is made by twisting many thin strings or fibers together

: a string on which a number of similar things are held together

ropes : the special way things are done at a particular place or in a particular activity

rope

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rope (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bind, fasten, or tie (something or someone) with a rope

: to catch (an animal) by throwing a circle of rope around it

: to use clever or tricky methods to get (someone) to do something

rope

noun
\ˈrōp \

Kids Definition of rope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strong thick cord of strands (as of fiber or wire) twisted or braided together

2 : a number of similar things held together on a string

rope

verb
roped; roping

Kids Definition of rope (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to bind, fasten, or tie with a cord

2 : to set off or divide by a cord Police roped off a street.

Other Words from rope

roper noun

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