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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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
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.
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