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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
rope
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
jump rope
knows the ropes (=has a lot of experience)
▪ a decent manager who knows the ropes
loop of wire/rope/string etc
▪ A loop of wire held the gate shut.
rope ladder
skipping rope
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
long
▪ Cedar harpoons were clutched in their hands, anchored to the floats by long coils of rope made from cedar bark.
▪ Ozzie Griffiths, in the car behind, was being pulled by a thirteen foot long tow rope.
▪ Reaching the ridge, a logjam of bewildered novices develops. Long lengths of rope trail dangerously on the ground.
▪ It took him six hours to make a long, thin rope, but he had lost all sense of time.
▪ A man once attempted to descend into the cave on a long rope tied at the surface to a bell.
▪ All the furniture in it hung from the ceiling by long mouldy ropes and did not quite touch the ground.
▪ The problem was eventually reduced by putting a headstall on him with a long rope attached.
▪ Sapt was carrying a long rope and I had a short, thick stick and a long knife.
skipping
▪ I used to skip to school with a skipping, rope, at skipping time.
▪ She was holding a suspender in each hand like she had a skipping rope.
▪ She certainly needed all her expertise one night when the children made their entrance for a skipping rope routine.
▪ When you have enough cash you can buy training equipment such as a skipping rope, punch bag or robot boxer!
▪ His mind translates the tick of skipping ropes until the big time fills his head.
▪ I struggled with a makeshift skipping rope and tried to do a few more press-ups each day; it was not much fun.
thick
▪ Slowly and carefully he made the thick, pliable rope into a noose.
▪ Two long thick braids like ropes swung off her head to the bottom of her back.
▪ The captives' hands were bound with thick metallic rope.
▪ Beneath the waves, pallets attached to thick ropes house maturing oysters.
■ NOUN
bell
▪ Jasper stood looking at the bell rope which came out of a small square aperture at what was the base of the campanile.
▪ He tied it to the hanging bell rope.
▪ Then the bell rope moved a little, and the lamp on top of the rope moved too.
▪ There at the end of the bell rope hung the body of the student.
▪ She reached for the bell rope beside the fire and pulled gently.
guy
▪ On a windy day, guy ropes were needed to hold the flat scenery upright.
jump
▪ Sheila Rae, who loves to rip the limbs off of trees, humiliates the kid who steals her jump rope.
▪ I pounded on the railing until the chain swung like a jump rope.
▪ On a platform nearby, another man jumps rope before a full-length mirror while a fourth pounds a speed bag.
ladder
▪ He reports that a trip to Catterick Camp to set up rope ladders on the assault course was heavy going.
▪ Instead there is a perpendicular rope ladder.
▪ Talbot, accompanied by Denholm, climbed down a rope ladder to greet the owner.
▪ The stairs have become rope ladders, with managers clinging desperately for balance.
▪ As she looked up into the spotlight and the rope ladder unfurled she thought the Chinooks had come for her.
▪ The police crew secured a line to the bow, then dropped a rope ladder over the side.
▪ Occasional rope ladders snake across an intersecting highway where monkeys need safe crossing.
▪ Coverdale worked on generating team spirit and inter-dependence - including manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain that involved treasure hunts and making rope ladders.
tow
▪ The tow rope sprang taut, plucking the dinghy clear as the swell broke, thundering forward on to the waiting coral.
▪ The boy Ezra was kneeling over the stern with the tow rope tangled in his hands.
▪ Ozzie Griffiths, in the car behind, was being pulled by a thirteen foot long tow rope.
▪ Loi was on the bow, keeping watch on the tow rope.
▪ We would have the tow rope ready when the fishing boat went past us.
▪ He felt the tug of the tow rope.
▪ Nick and I laid out tow ropes to the bow of the raft, and cajoled bystanders to lend a hand.
■ VERB
attach
▪ Beneath the waves, pallets attached to thick ropes house maturing oysters.
▪ But a wave had plucked away the bucket, leaving only the handle attached to its rope.
▪ Then he attached a rope to it and scuttered down to tie the other end on to the front axle of the Golf.
climb
▪ Talbot, accompanied by Denholm, climbed down a rope ladder to greet the owner.
cut
▪ Fortunately the people he was working with noticed and cut the rope before he choked.
▪ He wanted me to come with him, just like that; to finally cut the rope and join him.
▪ Dropping down into the galley for a carving knife, he cut the rope loose from his neck.
▪ After some thought, I was able to cut the rope near the stern with my pocket knife lashed to a paddle.
▪ In other words it does not tell us whether he cut the rope above or below himself.
▪ Then they cut the ropes that tied me and I was able to get to my feet.
▪ He closed the crocodile's eyes by touching them with a stick, then cut the snarled rope away with his knife.
▪ Back in the saloon Trent cut the rope into four lengths and made one fast to each corner of the folded bedsheets.
hang
▪ The body of a suicide is not buried, but left to hang until the rope breaks.
▪ Some were hanging from trees by ropes and cables.
▪ He hangs on to the bark rope as his wives clamber out carrying flat baskets of headless smoked monkeys.
hold
▪ The structure was held together with ropes binding the beams to the vertical posts.
▪ I wanted him to hold on to me as a drowning man holds on to a rope thrown to him.
▪ Thomas Rennison had been keen to try it and Botterill had agreed to hold his rope.
▪ It no longer matters who is holding the rope.
▪ The man who held his rope and tried to help, ended up with his wife, family and job.
▪ Harriet stood there in breeches and waxed jacket, holding a rope halter and a plastic bucket.
▪ The strongest person should always hold the down rope from the descendeur and should wear gloves.
learn
▪ I started compiling an annotated bibliography of the philosophy of mind when I was a graduate student learning the ropes.
▪ Miguel was supposed to learn the ropes.
▪ Diana had gathered together a small staff who were learning the ropes as fast as she was.
▪ By night three, Jake seemed to have learned the ropes.
▪ He had learned that fighting the ropes was pointless.
▪ He thought he was going to learn the ropes of high finance.
▪ But he has been learning the ropes since February with Liverpool Playhouse workshop.
▪ There was almost no time to learn the ropes.
pull
▪ You are then able to pull the rope up as revealed in the diagram.
▪ The stagehands pulled on their ropes, and the curtain rolled up smoothly.
▪ By pulling the hanging ropes tight, a person on the stance below can lock the abseil plate if control is lost.
▪ I lifted my hands to the rope, then pulled gently.
▪ Abandoning her shoulder-bag impatiently, she used both hands, pulling the rope which fastened the heavy oil-cloth.
▪ The site manager himself, assisted by a worker, was pulling the rope and enjoying the spectacle thoroughly.
▪ You see to your task, which is to pull on that rope.
▪ A tiger of jade pulls the rope.
secure
▪ Firemen secured the bus with ropes to stop it tumbling over the edge before escorting the petrified passengers to safety.
▪ Polly worked swiftly, hauling in and securing the various ropes.
▪ Anchors - Not normally needed; one can nearly always find a rock or tree to secure the abseil rope.
show
▪ I want you to show her the ropes.
▪ They brought it home and invited me over to show them the ropes and install some shareware.
▪ Some people ask a friend to show them the ropes, or, worse still, they teach themselves.
▪ We ask that person to look after them and to show them the ropes.
▪ It was late spring when they showed me the ropes: how the lines are seeded, how the buoys are weighted.
throw
▪ This time, instead of throwing the rope, the Judge moved nearer to Moore, and held the noose open.
▪ Fogarty led the old man outside with only one shoe, and Jack threw the rope over the limb of the maple.
▪ She pulled hard on the oars, and threw a rope to a man on the rock.
tie
▪ Then tie the rope around her wrists.
▪ Chests and suitcases were being packed and tied with rope, and nails were being hammered.
▪ I then used one hook for each ship, and tied all the ropes together at one end.
▪ Quickly, I tied the rope round the man's body and Sapt and Fritz pulled it up.
▪ They tied a rope around my middle and pulled me up like a package.
▪ Their arms were tied with rope, but their legs were free and they could walk.
▪ Then Sapt tied the rope round one of the trees near the water.
twist
▪ The bison hair must be twisted into a rope for securing prisoners.
▪ He continued to push with the leg that was still twisted around the dangling rope.
▪ The muscles in her neck felt as hard and twisted as wire rope.
use
▪ Note: sandstone grades are for on-sight ascents using rope knots for the first time.
▪ He asked my permission to use new rope because we were desperately short of traditional rope.
▪ Some guides use their climbing and rope skills to work on oil rigs or construction sites.
▪ Others suggest kites were used to deploy ropes over the pillars.
▪ Never use the jammed rope as your sole support when climbing back up.
▪ Again he escaped, this time using a rope, but fell heavily, injuring himself.
▪ Reputable centres use safety ropes and good natural and artificial belay points.
▪ Go to the rope bridge. 7. Use the rope. 8.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
go piss up a rope!
money for old rope
▪ It was money for old rope.
▪ That to Sergeant Joe was money for old rope.
the end of your tether/rope
▪ By the time Katherine and Gary came to see me, they were at the end of their rope.
▪ By then Diana was truly at the end of her tether.
▪ Five hours later Mr Humble was at the end of his tether.
▪ However, at other times I feel at the end of my tether.
▪ Of course, when Carl walked to the end of his rope, he fell like a load of bricks.
▪ Rich, meanwhile, has come to the end of his rope on these negotiations.
▪ The court heard they were both at the end of their tether.
▪ With all that had happened with Anthony, he was near the end of his tether.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ She lowered the basket on a rope.
▪ They used a piece of rope to tie the clerk up.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Any slip is then immediately transmitted up the rope and braked by those above.
▪ He asked my permission to use new rope because we were desperately short of traditional rope.
▪ Right up the sides of them, without a ladder or rope or funny boots.
▪ The referee patrols the bandaged ropes, dapper in his black bow tie.
▪ Then he ran up the rope of the alarm bell.
▪ To his left three guards had taken the strain on a rope that ran tight and stretched to the building.
▪ We dared leave the leeboards no more than half way down, with ropes and guys rigged to relieve the sideways pressure.
II.verb
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
money for old rope
▪ It was money for old rope.
▪ That to Sergeant Joe was money for old rope.
the end of your tether/rope
▪ By the time Katherine and Gary came to see me, they were at the end of their rope.
▪ By then Diana was truly at the end of her tether.
▪ Five hours later Mr Humble was at the end of his tether.
▪ However, at other times I feel at the end of my tether.
▪ Of course, when Carl walked to the end of his rope, he fell like a load of bricks.
▪ Rich, meanwhile, has come to the end of his rope on these negotiations.
▪ The court heard they were both at the end of their tether.
▪ With all that had happened with Anthony, he was near the end of his tether.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ I had always wanted to learn how to rope a calf.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At 8.00 we stopped at the foot of the Cavales Ridge and roped up.
▪ Customers are being roped into the distributed company just as fast.
▪ Miss Gater had turned up, expecting to see Sylvia Toye, but was roped in to discuss Hayley's problem.
▪ Probably because it was a way of roping him in for the future, Malcolm invited him down to a few rehearsals.
▪ Suddenly I was climbing up the long ladder of the North pier, the rucksack being roped afterwards.
▪ They blindfolded Mrs Dyer, roped her neck, and expected her to recant.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Rope

Rope \Rope\, v. t.

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

  2. To connect or fasten together, as a party of mountain climbers, with a rope.

  3. 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.

  4. To lasso (a steer, horse). [Colloq. U.S.]

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

  6. To prevent from winning (as a horse), by pulling or curbing. [Racing Slang, Eng.]

Rope

Rope \Rope\, n. [AS. r[=a]p; akin to D. reep, G. reif ring hoop, Icel. reip rope, Sw. rep, Dan. reb, reeb Goth. skaudaraip latchet.]

  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. A row or string consisting of a number of things united, as by braiding, twining, etc.; as, a rope of onions.

  3. pl. 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.

Rope

Rope \Rope\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Roped; p. pr. & vb. n. Roping.] 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
rope

Old English rap "rope, cord, cable," from Proto-Germanic *raipaz (cognates: Old Norse reip, West Frisian reap, Middle Dutch, Dutch reep "rope," Old Frisian silrap "shoe-thong," Gothic skauda-raip "shoe-lace," Old High German, German reif "ring, hoop"). Technically, only cordage above one inch in circumference and below 10 (bigger-around than that is a cable). Nautical use varies. Finnish raippa "hoop, rope, twig" is a Germanic loan-word.\n

\nTo know the ropes (1840, Dana) originally is a seaman's term. Phrase on the ropes "defeated" is attested from 1924, a figurative extension from the fight ring, where ropes figure from 1829. To be at the end of (one's) rope "out of resources and options" is first attested 1680s. Formerly also in many slang and extended uses related to punishment by hanging, such as John Roper's window "a noose," rope-ripe "deserving to be hanged," both 16c. To give someone (enough) rope (to hang himself) is from 1650s.

rope

c.1300, "bind with a rope," from rope (n.). Meaning "mark off with rope" is from 1738; to rope (someone or something) in is from 1848. Related: Roped; roping.

Wiktionary
rope

n. 1 (context uncountable English) Thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line. (jump thick string s t) 2 (context countable English) An individual length of such material. 3 A cohesive strand of something. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To tie (something) with something. 2 (context transitive English) To throw a rope around (something). 3 (context intransitive English) To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread.

WordNet
rope
  1. n. a strong line

  2. street names for flunitrazepan [syn: R-2, Mexican valium, rophy, roofy, roach, forget me drug, circle]

rope
  1. v. catch with a lasso; "rope cows" [syn: lasso]

  2. fasten with a rope; "rope the bag securely" [syn: leash]

Wikipedia
Rope
Rope (data structure)

In computer programming, a rope, or cord, is a data structure composed of smaller strings that is used for efficiently storing and manipulating a very long string. For example, a text editing program may use a rope to represent the text being edited, so that operations such as insertion, deletion, and random access can be done efficiently.

Rope (unit)

A rope may refer to any of several units of measurement initially determined or formed by ropes or knotted cords.

Rope (disambiguation)

Rope is a length of non-metallic fibers twisted or braided together

Rope may also refer to:

Rope (play)

Rope is a 1929 British play by Patrick Hamilton. In formal terms, it is a well-made play with a three-act dramatic structure that adheres to the classical unities. Its action is continuous, punctuated only by the curtain fall at the end of each act. It may also be considered a thriller whose gruesome subject matter invites comparison to the Grand Guignol style of theatre. Samuel French published the play in 1929.

Rope (torture)

The rope was an instrument of torture used by the Huguenots in their persecution of Catholics, and involved sawing the human body with a hard-fibered rope.

The victim would be stripped naked, and dragged back and forth across the rope while the fibers cut into the flesh.

Rope (song)

"Rope" is a song by the American alternative rock band Foo Fighters. It is the first single from their seventh studio album Wasting Light (2011).

Rope (rhythmic gymnastics)

Rope ( rhythmic gymnastics) may be made of hemp or a synthetic material which retains the qualities of lightness and suppleness. Its length is in proportion to the size of the gymnast. The rope should, when held down by the feet, reach both of the gymnasts' armpits. One or two knots at each end are for keeping hold of the rope while doing the routine. At the ends (to the exclusion of all other parts of the rope) an anti-slip material, either coloured or neutral may cover a maximum of 10 cm (3.94 in). The rope must be coloured, either all or partially. It may be either of a uniform diameter or be progressively thicker in the center provided that this thickening is of the same material as the rope.

The fundamental requirements of a rope routine include leaps and skipping. Other elements include swings, throws, circles, rotations and figures of eight.

Rope (film)

Rope is a 1948 American psychological crime thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the 1929 play of the same name by Patrick Hamilton and adapted by Hume Cronyn and Arthur Laurents.

The film was produced by Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein as the first of their Transatlantic Pictures productions. Starring James Stewart, John Dall and Farley Granger, this is the first of Hitchcock's Technicolor films, and is notable for taking place in real time and being edited so as to appear as a single continuous shot through the use of long takes. It is the second of Hitchcock's "limited setting" films, the first being Lifeboat. The original play was said to be inspired by the real-life murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.

Rope (1957 film)

Rope is a 1957 Australian television film based on the play Rope by Patrick Hamilton.

Broadcast live in Sydney, it was kinescoped/telerecorded for showing in Melbourne (these were the only Australian cities with TV at the time). Based on the play by Patrick Hamilton, it aired in a 70-minute time-slot on non-commercial ABC, and was a drama about two people who had committed murder. Full cast listing is unavailable, but the cast included John Meillon, Bruce Beeby and Don Pascoe. It was produced by William Sterling.

Usage examples of "rope".

The wash-head was operating, spraying the windows and his abseil rope as it travelled down after him.

I They secured the end of the rope to one of the poles wedged like an anchor in the opening of the tunnel that led to the crystal cavern, and Craig abseiled down the rope to the water at the bottom of the shaft once more.

She pushed herself up and returned to the parapet in time to see the abseiling rope snap and the cradle it had been restraining catapulted back across the facade of the Gridiron.

Once the two-hundred-foot abseiling rope was on the ground, Joe and Fat Boy would start to ease themselves out of the heli so that their feet were on the deck and their bodies were at forty-five degrees to the ground.

Lilliputian ropes restraining a sleek, mechanical Gulliver, Ake hit the forward thrusters and the ship shot backwards out of the slot that had held it like a sword being pulled from a scabbard.

Dressed in gaudy tatters and besmudged with dirt, Alec watched gleefully as Seregil juggled, walked ropes, and mugged for the crowd.

The darkest corner was the bedroom, which had a platform of stone on which rugs were spread, and there was a lower mound of dried mud, roughly curtained off from the rest with two or three red and blue foutahs suspended on ropes made of twisted alfa, or dried grass.

These people moved in single file, and were all tied to a strong rope, at regular distances apart, so that if one of them slipped on those giddy heights, the others could brace themselves on their alpenstocks and save him from darting into the valley, thousands of feet below.

They were roped together with a string, they had mimic alpenstocks and ice-axes, and were climbing a meek and lowly manure-pile with a most blood-curdling amount of care and caution.

Years ago, one of the Amas caught her rope in a rock underwater, and the people have talked of the accident ever since.

No rope in the world can convict him, he thinks, not having foreseen the intervention of Amer Picon.

And bound to a rope amidmost were the women fair and young, And youths and little children, like the fish on a withy strung As they lie on the grass for the angler before the beginning of night.

Daniel took a turn of the rope end around his good shoulder and anchored it as the rest of the team reached out, seized the swinging block and hauled it onto the trestle.

On each cane shaft, tied behind the iron arrowhead, was a tuft of unravelled hemp rope that had been soaked in pitch, which spluttered and then burned fiercely when touched with the slow-match, The archers loosed their arrows, which sailed up in a high, flaming parabola and dropped down to peg into the timbers of an anchored vessel.

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