rope

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See also: ropě and ropę

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English rop, rope, from Old English rāp (rope, cord, cable), from Proto-West Germanic *raip, from Proto-Germanic *raipaz, *raipą (rope, cord, band, ringlet), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁roypnós (strap, band, rope), from *h₁reyp- (to peel off, tear; border, edge, strip).

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Noun[edit]

rope (countable and uncountable, plural ropes)

Length of rope.
  1. (uncountable) Thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line.
    Synonyms: twine, line, cord; see also Thesaurus:string
    Nylon rope is usually stronger than similar rope made of plant fibers.
  2. (countable) An individual length of such material.
    The swinging bridge is constructed of 40 logs and 30 ropes.
  3. A cohesive strand of something.
    The duchess wore a rope of pearls to the soirée.
    • 2003, Dennis Lehane, Mystic River[1], →ISBN, page 138:
      Jimmy began to scream and ropes of spit shot from his mouth.
    1. (slang, vulgar) A shot of semen that a man releases during ejaculation.
  4. (dated) A continuous stream.
  5. (baseball) A hard line drive.
    He hit a rope past third and into the corner.
  6. (ceramics) A long thin segment of soft clay, either extruded or formed by hand.
  7. (computer science) A data structure resembling a string, using a concatenation tree in which each leaf represents a character.
    Synonym: cord
  8. (military, uncountable) A kind of chaff (material dropped to interfere with radar) consisting of foil strips with paper chutes attached.
  9. (Jainism) A unit of distance equivalent to the distance covered in six months by a god flying at ten million miles per second.
    Synonyms: rajju, infinitude
    • 2001, “Review of Metaphysical Teaching”, in Nagendra Kr. Singh, editor, Encyclopaedia of Jainism[2], →ISBN, page 7522:
      The central strip of the loka, the Middle World, represents its smallest area, being only one rope wide and one hundred thousand leagues high, []
  10. (jewelry) A necklace of at least 1 meter in length.
  11. (nautical) Cordage of at least 1 inch in diameter, or a length of such cordage.
  12. (archaic) A unit of length equal to 20 feet.
  13. (slang) Rohypnol.
  14. (slang, usually in the plural) Semen being ejaculated.
    shooting ropes
  15. (with "the") Death by hanging.
    The murderer was sentenced to the rope.
Derived terms[edit]
terms derived from rope (noun)
Descendants[edit]
  • Irish: rópa
  • Tok Pisin: rop
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English ropen, rope (to form ropes), from rop (rope); see above.

Verb[edit]

rope (third-person singular simple present ropes, present participle roping, simple past and past participle roped)

  1. (transitive) To tie (something) with rope.
    The robber roped the victims.
  2. (transitive) To throw a rope (or something similar, e.g. a lasso, cable, wire, etc.) around (something).
    The cowboy roped the calf.
  3. (intransitive) To climb by means of a rope or ropes.
    • 1984, G. F. Dutton, The Ridiculous Mountains, page 153:
      We roped down to the platform selected for the bivouac; set up our bags and brewed a reasonable meal.
  4. (intransitive) To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread.
  5. (incel slang, intransitive) To commit suicide, particularly by hanging.
    • 2019, anonymous, quoted in Julia Rose DeCook, "Curating the Future: The Sustainability Practices of Online Hate Groups", dissertation submitted to Michigan State University, page 153:
      In figure 71, the poster Brahcel notes that he “almost roped” because he could not find the community []
    • 2020, Joshua A. Segalewitz, "'You Don't Understand... It's Not About Virginity': Sexual Markets, Identity Construction, and Violent Masculinity on an Incel Forum Board", thesis submitted to the University of Dayton, page 36:
      ToxicAlcoholSyndrome explains that his, “dreams are all really depressing and vivid, so… I’m constantly in a bad mood and know in the back of my brain, I need to rope.”
    • 2021, Laura Bates, From Incels to Pickup Artists: The Truth about Extreme Misogyny and How it Affects Us All, unnumbered page:
      Another man wrote that the only reason he hasn't “roped” (incel terminology for death by suicide) is he didn't want to ruin his family's Christmas.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:rope.
    My life is a mess; I might as well rope.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English rop (gut, intestine), from Old English rop, ropp; compare Middle Dutch rop, roppe (fish guts).

The modern pronunciation results from phonological assimilation to Etymology 1.

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Noun[edit]

rope (plural ropes)

  1. (in the plural) The small intestines.
    the ropes of birds

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Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈrope/, [ˈro̞pe̞]
  • Rhymes: -ope
  • Syllabification(key): ro‧pe

Noun[edit]

rope (slang)

  1. (gaming) Clipping of roolipeli (RPG, role-playing game).

Declension[edit]

Inflection of rope (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative rope ropet
genitive ropen ropejen
partitive ropea ropeja
illative ropeen ropeihin
singular plural
nominative rope ropet
accusative nom. rope ropet
gen. ropen
genitive ropen ropejen
partitive ropea ropeja
inessive ropessa ropeissa
elative ropesta ropeista
illative ropeen ropeihin
adessive ropella ropeilla
ablative ropelta ropeilta
allative ropelle ropeille
essive ropena ropeina
translative ropeksi ropeiksi
abessive ropetta ropeitta
instructive ropein
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of rope (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative ropeni ropeni
accusative nom. ropeni ropeni
gen. ropeni
genitive ropeni ropejeni
partitive ropeani ropejani
inessive ropessani ropeissani
elative ropestani ropeistani
illative ropeeni ropeihini
adessive ropellani ropeillani
ablative ropeltani ropeiltani
allative ropelleni ropeilleni
essive ropenani ropeinani
translative ropekseni ropeikseni
abessive ropettani ropeittani
instructive
comitative ropeineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative ropesi ropesi
accusative nom. ropesi ropesi
gen. ropesi
genitive ropesi ropejesi
partitive ropeasi ropejasi
inessive ropessasi ropeissasi
elative ropestasi ropeistasi
illative ropeesi ropeihisi
adessive ropellasi ropeillasi
ablative ropeltasi ropeiltasi
allative ropellesi ropeillesi
essive ropenasi ropeinasi
translative ropeksesi ropeiksesi
abessive ropettasi ropeittasi
instructive
comitative ropeinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative ropemme ropemme
accusative nom. ropemme ropemme
gen. ropemme
genitive ropemme ropejemme
partitive ropeamme ropejamme
inessive ropessamme ropeissamme
elative ropestamme ropeistamme
illative ropeemme ropeihimme
adessive ropellamme ropeillamme
ablative ropeltamme ropeiltamme
allative ropellemme ropeillemme
essive ropenamme ropeinamme
translative ropeksemme ropeiksemme
abessive ropettamme ropeittamme
instructive
comitative ropeinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative ropenne ropenne
accusative nom. ropenne ropenne
gen. ropenne
genitive ropenne ropejenne
partitive ropeanne ropejanne
inessive ropessanne ropeissanne
elative ropestanne ropeistanne
illative ropeenne ropeihinne
adessive ropellanne ropeillanne
ablative ropeltanne ropeiltanne
allative ropellenne ropeillenne
essive ropenanne ropeinanne
translative ropeksenne ropeiksenne
abessive ropettanne ropeittanne
instructive
comitative ropeinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative ropensa ropensa
accusative nom. ropensa ropensa
gen. ropensa
genitive ropensa ropejensa
partitive ropeaan
ropeansa
ropejaan
ropejansa
inessive ropessaan
ropessansa
ropeissaan
ropeissansa
elative ropestaan
ropestansa
ropeistaan
ropeistansa
illative ropeensa ropeihinsa
adessive ropellaan
ropellansa
ropeillaan
ropeillansa
ablative ropeltaan
ropeltansa
ropeiltaan
ropeiltansa
allative ropelleen
ropellensa
ropeilleen
ropeillensa
essive ropenaan
ropenansa
ropeinaan
ropeinansa
translative ropekseen
ropeksensa
ropeikseen
ropeiksensa
abessive ropettaan
ropettansa
ropeittaan
ropeittansa
instructive
comitative ropeineen
ropeinensa

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

rope

  1. Alternative form of rop (rope)

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

rope

  1. Alternative form of ropen (to form ropes)

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

rope

  1. Alternative form of ropen (to cry out)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hrópa, from Proto-Germanic *hrōpaną.

Verb[edit]

rope (imperative rop, present tense roper, simple past ropte, past participle ropt)

  1. to shout

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

rope (imperative rop, present tense ropar or roper, simple past ropa or ropte, past participle ropa or ropt, present participle ropande)

  1. Alternative form of ropa