rope

Definitions

General English

Construction

  • Twisted strands of fiber made into strong, flexible cord.
  • Strands of wire braided or twisted together that are used for heavy hoisting or hauling.

Food

  • noun a type of bacteria that infects bread and milk, giving them a ropy consistency

Military

  • noun a thick line of twisted fibres, normally used for pulling or suspending heavy objects

Slang

  • noun a decorative metal chain, especially a heavy golden chain as worn by males. This item of hip hop regalia dates from the early 1980s. A synonym is cable.

Origin & History of “rope”

Rope is a general Germanic term, represented also by German reif, Dutch reep, Swedish rep, and Danish reb (the German word now means ‘hoop, loop’). these point to a prehistoric Germanic ancestor *raipaz, whose ultimate origins are not known. A stirrup is etymologically a ‘climbing rope’.
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