Rope ladder
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 latchet.] 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. A row or string consisting of a number of things united, as by braiding, twining, etc.; as, a rope of onions. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. The small intestines; as, the ropes of birds. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • rope ladder — rope ,ladder noun count a LADDER made mainly or completely of rope …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rope ladder — rope .ladder n a ↑ladder made of two long ropes connected by wooden pieces that you stand on …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rope ladder — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rope ladder : singular rope ladder plural rope ladders a ladder made mainly or completely of rope …   English dictionary

  • rope-ladder — see rope ladder …   English dictionary

  • rope ladder — noun a ladder with side pieces of rope • Hypernyms: ↑ladder …   Useful english dictionary

  • rope ladder — /ˈroʊp lædə/ (say rohp laduh) noun a ladder made of two long pieces of strong rope connected at regular intervals by short pieces of rope, wood, metal, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • rope ladder — noun A flexible ladder, constructed of rope, often with wooden rungs, suspended from the top …   Wiktionary

  • rope ladder — noun two long ropes connected by short crosspieces, used as a ladder …   English new terms dictionary

  • rope ladder — noun (C) a ladder made of two long ropes connected by wooden pieces that you stand on …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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