Rope vs Worm - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between rope and worm

is that rope is (uncountable) thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line while worm is a generally tubular invertebrate of the annelid phylum.

As verbs the difference between rope and worm

is that rope is to tie (something) with something while worm is to make (one's way) with a crawling motion.

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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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    (en noun)
  • A generally tubular invertebrate of the annelid phylum.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’}}
  • A contemptible or devious being.
  • * Bible, Psalms xxii. 6
  • I am a worm , and no man.
  • (computing) A self-replicating program that propagates through a network.
  • (cricket) A graphical representation of the total runs scored in an innings.
  • Anything helical, especially the thread of a screw.
  • * Moxon
  • The threads of screws, when bigger than can be made in screw plates, are called worms .
  • # A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
  • # (anatomy) A muscular band in the tongue of some animals, such as dogs; the lytta.
  • # The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to save space.
  • # A short revolving screw whose threads drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel or rack by gearing into its teeth.
  • (archaic) A dragon or mythological serpent.
  • (obsolete) Any creeping or crawling animal, such as a snake, snail, or caterpillar.
  • * Tyndale (Acts xxviii. 3, 4)
  • There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a murderer.
  • * Shakespeare
  • 'Tis slander, / Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue / Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.
  • * Longfellow
  • When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm , / His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks.
  • An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.
  • Richard III ,
  • (math) A strip of linked tiles sharing parallel edges in a tiling.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (label) To make (one's way) with a crawling motion.
  • :
  • To work one's way by artful or devious means.
  • *(George Herbert) (1593-1633)
  • *:When debates and fretting jealousy / Did worm and work within you more and more, / Your colour faded.
  • To work (one's way or oneself) (into) gradually or slowly; to insinuate.
  • :
  • To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; often followed by out .
  • *(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • *:They find themselves wormed out of all power.
  • To "worm out of", to "drag out of" (often: "drag every word out of someone"), to get information that someone is reluctant or unwilling to give (through artful or devious means or by pleading or asking repeatedly). Often combined with expressions such as "It's like pulling teeth" or "It's like getting blood out of a stone".
  • *(Charles Dickens) (1812-1870)
  • *:Theywormed things out of me that I had no desire to tell.
  • *
  • *:He nodded. "Mum's the word, Mrs. Bunting! It'll all be in the last editions of the evening newspapers—it can't be kep' out. There'd be too much of a row if twas!" ¶ "Are you going off to that public-house now?" she asked. ¶ "I've got a awk'ard job—to try and worm something out of the barmaid."
  • To fill in the contlines of a rope before parcelling and serving.
  • :
  • *1841 , Benjamin J. Totten], [ Naval Text-Book :
  • *:Ropesare generally wormed before they are served.
  • (label) To deworm an animal.
  • (label) To move with one's body dragging the ground.
  • *1919 , , How animals talk: and other pleasant studies of birds and beast?
  • *:Inch by inch I wormed along the secret passageway, flat to the ground, not once raising my head, hardly daring to pull a full breath.
  • (label) To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of (a dog, etc.) for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw, and formerly supposed to guard against canine madness.
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties, wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier puppies.
  • (label) To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm.
  • Derived terms

    * blindworm * bollworm * bookworm * cutworm * the early bird catches the worm * earthworm * fishing worm * flatworm * glowworm * hornworm * lugworm * penis worm * ringworm * silkworm * slowworm * tapeworm * woodworm * the worm has turned * wormhole * worm lizard * worm’s-eye view]], [[worm's eye view, worm’s eye view * wormwood * wormy

    See also

    * caterpillar * grub * lumbricine * maggot * Trojan horse * vermian * vermiform * virus


    * [] The Free Dictionary , Farlex Inc., 2010. ----