A rope is a length of fibers, twisted or braided together to improve strength for pulling and connecting. When used in a nautical sense (e.g. sailing), a rope is called a line.
Common materials for rope include natural fibers such as Manila hemp, hemp, linen, cotton, coir, jute, and sisal. Synthetic fibers in use for rope-making include polypropylene, nylon, polyester (e.g. PET), polyethylene (e.g. Spectra) and Aramids (e.g. Twaron, Technora and Kevlar). Some ropes are constructed of mixtures of several fibers or use co-polymer fibers.
Ropes can also be used as flogging device with widely different impact depending on length, weight, number of strands and the presence or absensce of knots. Aboard ships, a rope's end or starter was frequently used to administer the lightest discipline to sailors, while knittles or the fearsome cat o' nine tails was used for more severe punishment. The Royal Navy used a similar implement for summary discipline: a line of about 18 inches long, dipped in hot tar to make it heavier and brittle, usually with a knot on the striking end.
The rope is also a metonymical expression, as is the noose, for capital punishment by hanging.
- Free bondage tutorials on the Web
- Ropefashions, a site with tutorials on rope bondage techniques
- Example of classic 'hogtie' bondage using rope.
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