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rope

Definitions

  • He rushed out and throwed the rope around Deacon Sypher
    He rushed out and throwed the rope around Deacon Sypher
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rope fasten with a rope "rope the bag securely"
    • v rope catch with a lasso "rope cows"
    • n rope street names for flunitrazepan
    • n rope a strong line
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Rope Ring Rope Ring
Man holding floating pig by rope Man holding floating pig by rope

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On April 4, 1974, John Massis of Belgium pulled two New York Long Island railroad passenger cars totaling 80 tons with a thick rope, with a small bit attached, using only his teeth
    • Rope 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.
    • Rope A row or string consisting of a number of things united, as by braiding, twining, etc.; as, a rope of onions.
    • Rope The small intestines; as, the ropes of birds.
    • v. i Rope 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 roping icicles
      Upon our houses' thatch."
    • Rope To bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord; as, to rope a bale of goods.
    • Rope To connect or fasten together, as a party of mountain climbers, with a rope.
    • Rope To draw, as with a rope; to entice; to inveigle; to decoy; as, to rope in customers or voters .
    • Rope To lasso (a steer, horse).
    • Rope 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.
    • Rope To prevent from winning (as a horse), by pulling or curbing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.
    • n rope A cord of considerable thickness; technically, a cord over one inch in circumference. Ropes are usually made of hemp, manila, flax, cotton, coir, or other vegetable fiber, or of iron, steel, or other metallic wire. A hempen rope is composed of a certain number of yarns or threads, which are first spun or twisted into strands, and the finished ropes have special names according to the number and arrangement of the strands, and the various sizes are indicated by the circumference in inches. The ropes in ordinary use on board a vessel are composed of three strands, laid right-handed, or, as it is called (though this is not correct for southern latitudes), “with the sun.” Occasionally a piece of large rope will be found laid up in four strands, also with the sun. This is generally used for standing rigging, tacks, sheets, etc., and is sometimes called shroud-laid. In nautical language a rope is usually called a line.
    • n rope A row or string consisting of a number of things united so as to form a cord more or less thick: as, a rope of onions; a rope of pearls.
    • n rope Anything glutinous or gelatinous which is drawn out in long strings.
    • n rope A local linear measure, twenty feet; in Devonshire, a measure of stonework, 20 feet in length, 1 foot in height, and 18 inches in thickness.
    • n rope Haughty; arrogant.
    • rope To be drawn out or extended into a filament or thread by means of any glutinous or adhesive element.
    • rope To draw by or as by a rope; tie up or fasten together with a rope or ropes: as, to rope a bale of goods; specifically, to connect by means of ropes fastened to the body, for safety in mountain-climbing: as, the guides insisted that the party should be roped.
    • rope To pull or curb in; restrain, as a rider his horse, to prevent him from winning a race; pull: a not uncommon trick on the turf.
    • rope To catch with a noosed rope; lasso.
    • rope To tether, as a horse.
    • rope To inclose or mark off with a rope: as, a space in front of the pictures was roped off to prevent injury to them; a circle was roped out for the games.
    • rope To sew a bolt-rope on, as on a sail or an awning.
    • n rope A Middle English form of roop.
    • n rope See rop.
    • n rope A dwarf.
    • n rope The basal anchoring tuft of glassy fibers which occurs in the hexactinellid sponges.
    • n rope In mine- or plane-haulage, a continuous rope, usually of wire (driven from a conveniently placed drum) to which, by special grip appliances, the cars to be moved can be attached without stopping the motion of the rope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "sleep tight" originated when mattresses were set upon ropes woven through the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope.
    • Rope showing method of construction.
    • n Rope rōp a thick twisted cord: a string consisting of a number of things united, as a rope of pearls: anything glutinous and stringy: a local lineal measure, 20 feet
    • v.i Rope to fasten with a rope, to restrain: to catch with a noosed rope: to tether: to enclose: to extend into a thread, as by a glutinous quality
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Quotations

  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin
    “When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.”
  • Max Gunther
    Max Gunther
    “If you are losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

Idioms

At the end of your rope - (USA) If you are at the end of your rope, you are at the limit of your patience or endurance.
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Different ropes for different folks - (USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.
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Give someone enough rope - If you give someone enough rope, you give them the chance to get themselves into trouble or expose themselves. (The full form is 'give someone enough rope and they'll hang themselves)
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Know the ropes - Someone who is experienced and knows how the system works know the ropes.
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Learn the ropes - If you are learning the ropes, you are learning how to do something.
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Money for old rope - (UK) If something's money for old rope, it's a very easy way of making money.
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On the ropes - When something or someone is on the ropes, it or they are doing badly and likely to fail.
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Show someone the ropes - If you show someone the ropes, you explain to someone new how things work and how to do a job.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rāp,; akin to D. reep, G. reif, ring hoop, Icel. reip, rope, Sw. rep, Dan. reb, reeb, Goth. skaudaraip, latchet

Usage

In literature:

A noose was made at the end of a rope, and this was thrown over the animal's neck.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
To the horn of his saddle a rope was tied.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I've done everything in the world for that boy, and now I'm at the end of my rope.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
And whirling through the air came a thin rope, which, before she was aware, struck her shoulder.
"The Island House" by F. M. Holmes
Tied down with a rope.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
Wait till you see him lay down on the rope.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
At the upper bridge a rope was thrown down to them.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Ropes, even if they had had them, could be in no way made available.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He'll circle around just right so I can make one swing of the rope do.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
When a rope creaked the old fox saw me an' let drive with his hanger.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
It is used for hauling, fastening awning ropes, flag ropes, etc.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Ellhorn felt the rope across his body, grasped it and called to Tuttle to pull.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Have one of my ropes?
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
He strained till the veins stood out on his forehead like rope.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
There they roped off a corner and hung a white tarpaulin over the rope.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Both gaff ropes began to loosen, and the rope on his tail flew out of my hands.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Whereupon the large man neatly roped Pat, settling the noose skilfully around the horse's neck.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Mr. Ropes got his foot embarrassed in the feathers, lost his balance, and fell.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
The anchor took out a long coil of rope with it, for the water is deep there.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Barth, fix the rope before we go farther.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
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In poetry:

The ladder of ropes
Throw me fearlessly now!
Dost falter? Hast thou, Sweet,
Been false to thy vow?
"A Serenade" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Wind and wave and the swinging rope
Were calling me last night;
None to save and little hope,
No inner light.
"Rescue" by Jean Starr Untermeyer
Stitch away, stitch away, sew them strong
For the lofty spars, where they belong;
Rope them tight and seam them true
So never a cupful of wind blows through.
"Sailmaker" by Bill Adams
To the other ship,
And I will follow you and cut the rope
When I have said farewell to this man here,
For neither I nor any living man
Will look upon his face again.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats
On the silent, even road--his eyes
Still fixed towards the waning light
That skirts the houses and walls as it dies--
The rope-maker, visionary white,
From depths of the evening's halo dim
Draws the horizons in to him.
"The Rope-Maker" by Emile Verhaeren
The rope of the rich is long and long--
The longest of hangmen's cords;
But the kings and crowds are holding their breath,
In a giant shadow o'er all beneath
Where God stands holding the scales of Death
Between the cattle and Swords.
"A Song Of Swords" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

"In five minutes with a jump rope, you can basically get a better workout than you would an hour on a Precor," said Wells.
The Juneau Jumpers just finished competing at the US Jump Rope National competition (June 21- 24, Long Beach, California).
If you have ever wondered what it looks like jumping rope from the ropes point of view…you are in luck.
ZCA students ' Jump Rope for Heart.
It's Taryn's first jump-rope competition.
You used to see a lot of kids jumping rope outside.
Now, we have middle school students who don't know how to jump rope .
Animals can do some amazing things but I don't think I have ever seen a dog jump rope .
It's not just a single jump-rope either.
Knox Elementary School students jump rope to raise funds for American Heart Association.
The school is involved in the Jump Rope For Heart challenge to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Girl, 6, brings determination to ' Jump Rope for Heart'.
Watch Weighted Jump Rope in the Fitness Magazine Video.
) The three are part of the ProForm Airborne Jump Rope team from Rexburg.
The program engages elementary students in jumping rope while raising funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.
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In science:

My reason is that I want to give endurantism some rope.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
These particles are tied together with a rope of a certain length s ∈ N.
Spiders in random environment
As long as the rope is not tight their movements are independent.
Spiders in random environment
The above problem models a rope attached at x = 0 and x = 1 sub jected to gravity and resting upon obstacles whose altitudes are given by g (t, x).
Convergence of a greedy algorithm for high-dimensional convex nonlinear problems
Figure 4: Altitude of the rope as a function of t and x.
Convergence of a greedy algorithm for high-dimensional convex nonlinear problems
The latter are modelled by the self-consistent ejection of twisted magnetic flux ropes.
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
The latter occur in the model when flux ropes grow too strong to remain in equilibrium [Forbes, 2000] and are ejected through the outer boundary of the numerical domain.
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
However, the “source surface” condition used in PFSS extrapolations, namely that the transverse magnetic field components vanish, can not be applied in the NP model since it would prevent the ejection of magnetic flux ropes through this boundary following their loss of equilibrium.
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
The first term is a uniform background value η0 = 45 km2 s−1 and the second term is an enhancement in regions of strong current density [Mackay and van Bal legooijen, 2006a], introduced to limit the twist in helical flux ropes to about one turn, as observed in filaments [Su et al., 2009].
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
The magnitude and, especially, sign of this emerging bipole helicity have been shown to influence both the chirality of filament channels [Mackay and van Bal legooijen, 2005; Yeates et al., 2008a] and the ejection rate of magnetic flux ropes [Yeates and Mackay, 2009].
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
This is because the outflow affects the evolution of flux ropes after they lose equilibrium (though not before).
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
Fluctuations super-imposed on the mean enhancement, caused by the ejection of magnetic flux ropes.
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
Sequence showing the loss of equilibrium of a magnetic flux rope in the NP simulation (period B).
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
Supergranular diffusion converges magnetic flux and helicity toward polarity inversion lines, leading to flux cancellation and the formation of twisted, current-carrying magnetic flux ropes [Yeates and Mackay, 2009].
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
Many of these are caused by the ejection of flux ropes, which form by flux cancellation at polarity inversion lines and lose equilibrium if they gain too much axial flux relative to the overlying field.
A Non-potential Model for the Sun's Open Magnetic Flux
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