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1. A flexible heavy cord of tightly intertwined hemp or other fiber.
2. A string of items attached in one line, especially by twisting or braiding: a rope of onions.
3. A sticky glutinous formation of stringy matter in a liquid.
a. A cord with a noose at one end for hanging a person.
b. Execution or death by hanging: to die by the rope.
5. A lasso or lariat.
6. ropes Sports Several cords strung between poles to enclose a boxing or wrestling ring.
7. ropes Informal Specialized procedures or details: learn the ropes; know the ropes.
8. Baseball A line drive.
v. roped, rop·ing, ropes
1. To tie, fasten, or attach with a rope or other cord.
2. To enclose, separate, or partition with a rope or other cord: rope off the scene of the crime.
3. To catch with a rope or lasso.
4. Informal To persuade or manipulate (someone): My boss roped me into attending the ceremony.
Phrasal Verbs:
rope down
1. To descend using a rope, as from a cliff or a hovering helicopter.
2. To lower (something) by means of a rope.
rope up
1. To climb a steep slope or dangerous area using a rope.
2. To attach climbers to a rope for safety: roped up before crossing the glacier.
on the ropes
1. Sports Knocked against the ropes that enclose a boxing ring.
2. On the verge of defeat or collapse; hopeless or powerless.

[Middle English, from Old English rāp.]

rop′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rope down - lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainsiderope down - lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside; "The ascent was easy--roping down the mountain would be much more difficult and dangerous"; "You have to learn how to abseil when you want to do technical climbing"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
come down, descend, go down, fall - move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"
References in classic literature ?
The boss-boys were called and given their orders to rope down the hospital with its two additions.
One was: "Knock these fellows down somehow and tie them up, whoever they are; there's rope down by those faggots.
According to Alaska Dispatch News, Jenkins first dropped a rope down to Hartung, however, he could not hear any instructions due to the rushing water.
They got a rope and tied knots in it and carefully lowered the rope down inside the cavity.
Accordingly, I took him off belay, and threw my end of the rope down the crag.
As the blazing platform As the blazing platform creaked, Ed threw a rope down creaked, Ed threw a rope down 70ft and led some colleagues 70ft and led some colleagues down to the sea.
HELP Rescuers feed a safety rope down to trapped Jamie
A fisherman was throwing a rope down to me tirelessly.
There could also be a forwardfacing abseil rope down the side, a freefall rope drop, known as a fan descender, and an 'urban ape' ladder climb.
Meg Sawtelle had the inning's earlier highlight, a two-run rope down the left field line that resulted in a double and runs scored by Michelle Goulet and Kate Cardoza.