\▐rōp\ n [ME, fr. OE rāp; akin to OHGr reif hoop] (before 12c) A heavy, strong cord, made from either natural or manufactured fibers or from wire, in a wide range of diameters. Yarns are twisted together to form strands. These strands are then twisted together in the opposite direction to form the rope. The fact that the twist directions alternate at different stages of rope assembly assures that the rope will be twist-stable and will not kink during use, also called “cord.” A fabric in a process without weft tension, thus having the appearance of a thick rope (Vincenti R (ed) (1994) Elsevier’s textile dictionary. Elsevier Science and Technology Books, New York).