Rope vs Hempen - What's the difference?

rope | hempen |

As a noun rope

is (uncountable) thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line.

As a verb rope

is to tie (something) with something.

As an adjective hempen is

made of hemp.



Alternative forms

* (all obsolete)


(wikipedia rope)
  • (uncountable) Thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line.
  • Nylon rope is usually stronger than similar rope made of plant fibers.
  • (countable) An individual length of such material.
  • The swinging bridge is constructed of 40 logs and 30 ropes .
  • A cohesive strand of something.
  • * {{quote-book, 2003, (Dennis Lehane), Mystic River, page=138 citation
  • , passage=Jimmy began to scream and ropes of spit shot from his mouth.}}
  • (dated) A continuous stream.
  • * {{quote-book, 1852, John Bourne, 3= A Treatise on the Screw Propeller: With Various Suggestions of Improvement, page=38
  • , passage=The principle of any such device should be to pull on the vessel by a rope of water passing in at the bow and out at the stern. }}
  • (baseball) A hard line drive.
  • He hit a rope past third and into the corner.
  • (ceramics) A long thin segment of soft clay, either extruded or formed by hand.
  • (computer science) A data structure resembling a string, using a concatenation tree in which each leaf represents a character.
  • (Jainism) A unit of distance equivalent to the distance covered in six months by a god flying at ten million miles per second.(jump)
  • * {{quote-book, 2001, , editor=Nagendra Kr. Singh, chapter=Review of Metaphysical Teaching, Encyclopaedia of Jainism, citation
  • , passage=The central strip of the loka , the Middle World, represents its smallest area, being only one rope wide and one hundred thousand leagues high,
  • (jewelry) A necklace of at least 1 meter in length.
  • (nautical) Cordage of at least 1 inch in diameter, or a length of such cordage.
  • (archaic) A unit of length equal to 20 feet.
  • (slang) Flunitrazepam, also known as Rohypnol.
  • (in the plural) The small intestines.
  • the ropes of birds


    * twine, line, cord; see also * (jump) rajju, infinitude

    Derived terms

    * jump rope * know the ropes * learn the ropes * money for old rope * on the ropes * rope ladder * Rope Monday * rope tow * rope-band * rope-dancer * rope-dancing * rope-end * ropefull * rope-house * rope-like * rope-maker * ropemanship * rope-over * ropery * rope-ripe * rope's end * rope-sick * rope-tide * ropewalk, rope-walk * ropework, rope-work * ropey, ropy * rope-yard * show one the ropes * teach one the ropes * skipping rope * wire rope


  • To tie (something) with something.
  • The robber roped the victims.
  • To throw a rope around (something).
  • The cowboy roped the calf.
  • To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let us not hang like roping icicles / Upon our houses' thatch.


    * (to tie something) tie, bind, secure * (throw a rope around) lasso

    Derived terms

    * ropable, ropeable * rope-a-dope * roped * roper * rope together


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  • Made of hemp.
  • * 1590: Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen (vol. 1)
  • In fowle reproch of knighthoods faire degree, / About his neck an hempen rope he weares, / That with his glistring armes does ill agree;
  • * 1891: Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company
  • A quiet land is this -- a land where the slow-moving Basque, with his flat biretta-cap, his red sash and his hempen sandals, tills his scanty farm ...
  • Related to hempen ropes, i.e., to hanging as capital punishment.
  • * 1904: Rafael Sabatini, The Tavern Night
  • ... but rid himself also of the companionship of this ruffianly Sir Crispin, to whom no doubt a hempen justice would be meted.
    English adjectives ending in -en