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.
- A flexible heavy cord of tightly intertwined hemp or other fiber.
- A string of items attached in one line by or as if by twisting or braiding: a rope of onions.
- A sticky glutinous formation of stringy matter in a liquid.
- A cord with a noose at one end for hanging a person.
- Execution or death by hanging: to die by the rope.
- A lasso or lariat.
- Sports Several cords strung between poles to enclose a boxing or wrestling ring.
- Informal Specialized procedures or details: learn the ropes; know the ropes.
- To tie or fasten with or as if with rope.
- To enclose, separate, or partition with or as if with a rope: rope off the scene of the crime.
- To catch with a rope or lasso.
- Informal To trick or deceive: An unscrupulous salesperson roped us into buying worthless property.
- To become like a cord or rope.
- on the ropes Sports Knocked against the ropes that enclose a boxing ring.
- on the ropes On the verge of defeat or collapse; hopeless or powerless.
- the end of (one's) rope The limit of one's patience, endurance, or resources: After six months on strike, the workers were at the end of their rope.