rope

noun
\ ˈrōp How to pronounce rope (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ropelike (audio) \ 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

Under phajaan, elephants are bound with ropes, confined in tight wooden structures, starved, and beaten repeatedly with bullhooks and other tools until their will is crushed. National Geographic, "Asian Elephant," 7 July 2019 The haul rope, used to propel the tram cabins from one station to the other, stretches over time and must be shortened approximately every 18 months. oregonlive.com, "Portland Wednesday traffic: Pole down causes major MAX line delays through the morning commute," 3 July 2019 For years, Milwaukeeans have set up ropes, caution tape and barricades at Milwaukee's Veterans Park the day before the July 3 fireworks extravaganza to reserve space for family and friends to gather. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Huge parts of Veterans Park have already been claimed for Milwaukee's fireworks," 2 July 2019 Viewers caught sight of men holding a thick yellow rope, which apparently was used to corral journalists at the site. Yonette Joseph, BostonGlobe.com, "4 takeaways from the Trump-Kim meeting at the DMZ," 30 June 2019 His father tossed the two boys to his friend on the ground and then shimmied down the rope himself, badly injuring his hands and arm. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "The living survivors of the Hartford circus fire still carry the scars from the tragic day. Hear their stories in this interactive oral history.," 27 June 2019 The man’s injuries were caused by the tightness of the rope, not by a blade, Armacost said. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Critically injured man in Parkville wood chipper incident was not cut by blade, officials clarify," 21 June 2019 The kit comes with a clear polyethylene cover, roll-up zippered door, tubular steel frame, four 18-inch deep shelves, guy ropes, and metal stakes. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "You Can Build Your Own Mini Greenhouse in 20 Minutes With This DIY Kit from Amazon," 21 June 2019 Use rope, bondage tape, or even a scarf or tie to restrain a partner's hands before going down on them. Sophie Saint Thomas, refinery29.com, "The Most Satisfying Sex Positions for Lesbians," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

River Hill then added another run in the fifth when Jenna Kenyon roped a RBI double that plated Brooke Gettier. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Glenelg softball starts fast to earn bounce-back win over River Hill," 19 Apr. 2018 These clusters of specially coated microspheres dissipate energy by roping nearby spheres into forming identical clusters. Quanta Magazine, "A New Physics Theory of Life," 22 Jan. 2014 Beck has since amassed six national titles, in both roped and bouldering formats, and successfully defended her World Champion title in France, in 2016 (IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships are every two years). Jayme Moye, National Geographic, "How a one-handed champion is reinventing rock climbing," 17 June 2019 That kept the inning alive for Max Freedman, who roped a game-tying triple into the left-center gap. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "Prep comes from behind to reach Super 8 final," 16 June 2019 On the evening of January 28, 1918, fifteen unarmed men and boys were rounded up and roped together by Texas Rangers and local ranchers, then led to a rock outcropping in the desert and shot dead. Steve Anderson, The New York Review of Books, "Another Forgotten Atrocity," 6 June 2019 Sweeny struck first as Martin roped a single to left field, scoring a runner from second. Alex Miller, Houston Chronicle, "Sweeny baseball back in 4A state title game after downing Kilgore," 5 June 2019 As soon as the kids cross the border, Todd gets roped into a local crook's smuggling scheme. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Retro comedy 'Baja' offers a vacation for the mind," 12 Apr. 2018 Valdez showed off his blistering speed, scoring a run and stealing a base while Soriano roped a two-run single in the win over Eastie. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "O’Bryant baseball has a brotherhood of youngsters," 22 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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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
: 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
chiefly US : to catch (an animal) by throwing a circle of rope around it
informal : to use clever or tricky methods to get (someone) to do something

rope

noun
\ ˈrōp How to pronounce rope (audio) \

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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