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ROPE, n.

1. A large string or line composed of several strands twisted together. It differs from cord, line and string, only in its size; being the name given to all sorts of cordage above an inch in circumference. Indeed the smaller ropes, when used for certain purposes, are called lines.

Ropes are by seamen ranked under two descriptions, cable-laid, and hawser-laid; the former composed of nine strands, or three great strands, each consisting of three small ones; the latter made with three strands, each composed of a certain number of rope-yarns.

2. A row or string consisting of a number of things united; as a rope of onions.

3. Ropes, the intestines of birds.

Rope of sand, proverbially, feeble union or tie; a band easily broken.

ROPE, v.i. To draw out or extend into a filament or thread, by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality. Any glutinous substance will rope considerably before it will part.




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ROPE, n.

1. A large string or line composed of several strands twisted together. It differs from cord, line and string, only in its size; being the name given to all sorts of cordage above an inch in circumference. Indeed the smaller ropes, when used for certain purposes, are called lines.

Ropes are by seamen ranked under two descriptions, cable-laid, and hawser-laid; the former composed of nine strands, or three great strands, each consisting of three small ones; the latter made with three strands, each composed of a certain number of rope-yarns.

2. A row or string consisting of a number of things united; as a rope of onions.

3. Ropes, the intestines of birds.

Rope of sand, proverbially, feeble union or tie; a band easily broken.

ROPE, v.i. To draw out or extend into a filament or thread, by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality. Any glutinous substance will rope considerably before it will part.


ROPE, n. [Sax. rap; Sw. rep; Dan. reeb; W. rhaf; Ir. ropa, roibin.]

  1. A large string or line composed of several strands twisted together. It differs from cord, line, and string, only in its size; being the name given to all sorts of cordage above an inch in circumference. Indeed the smaller ropes, when used for certain purposes, are called lines. Ropes are, by seamen, ranked under two descriptions, cable-laid, and hawser-laid; the former composed of nine strands, or three great strands, each consisting of three small ones; the latter made with three strands, each composed of a certain number of rope-yarns. – Mar. Dict.
  2. A row or string consisting of a number of things united; as, a rope of onions.
  3. Ropes, [Sax. roppas,] the intestines of birds. – Lye. Rope of sand, proverbially, feeble union or tie; a band easily broken. – Locke.

ROPE, v.i.

To draw out or extend into a filament or thread, by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality. Any glutinous substance will rope considerably before it will part.


Rope
  1. A large, stout cord, usually one not less than an inch in circumference, made of strands twisted or braided together. It differs from cord, line, and string, only in its size. See Cordage.
  2. To be formed into rope] to draw out or extend into a filament or thread, as by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality.

    Let us not hang like ropingicicles
    Upon our houses' thatch.
    Shak.

  3. To bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord; as, to rope a bale of goods.

    Hence: --
  4. A row or string consisting of a number of things united, as by braiding, twining, etc.; as, a rope of onions.
  5. To connect or fasten together, as a party of mountain climbers, with a rope.
  6. The small intestines; as, the ropes of birds.

    Rope ladder, a ladder made of ropes. -- Rope mat., a mat made of cordage, or strands of old rope. -- Rope of sand, something of no cohession or fiber; a feeble union or tie; something not to be relied upon. -- Rope pump, a pump in which a rapidly running endless rope raises water by the momentum communicated to the water by its adhesion to the rope. -- Rope transmission (Mach.), a method of transmitting power, as between distant places, by means of endless ropes running over grooved pulleys. -- Rope's end, a piece of rope; especially, one used as a lash in inflicting punishment. -- To give one rope, to give one liberty or license; to let one go at will uncheked.

  7. To partition, separate, or divide off, by means of a rope, so as to include or exclude something; as, to rope in, or rope off, a plot of ground; to rope out a crowd.
  8. To lasso (a steer, horse).

    [Colloq. U.S.]
  9. To draw, as with a rope; to entice; to inveigle; to decoy; as, to rope in customers or voters.

    [Slang, U.S.]
  10. To prevent from winning (as a horse), by pulling or curbing.

    [Racing Slang, Eng.]
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Rope

ROPE, noun

1. A large string or line composed of several strands twisted together. It differs from cord, line and string, only in its size; being the name given to all sorts of cordage above an inch in circumference. Indeed the smaller ropes, when used for certain purposes, are called lines.

ROPEs are by seamen ranked under two descriptions, cable-laid, and hawser-laid; the former composed of nine strands, or three great strands, each consisting of three small ones; the latter made with three strands, each composed of a certain number of rope-yarns.

2. A row or string consisting of a number of things united; as a rope of onions.

3. Ropes, the intestines of birds.

ROPE of sand, proverbially, feeble union or tie; a band easily broken.

ROPE, verb intransitive To draw out or extend into a filament or thread, by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality. Any glutinous substance will rope considerably before it will part.

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