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A rope is a twisted or braided length of fibres. Thinner versions include cord, string and twine. If the rope has a specific function then it may be called a line.

Ropes could be made of linen, leather or hemp with a possibilty of cotton for later period ropes. Ropes are usually kept coiled and could be spliced together to form longer lengths.

The joining of one rope to another is known as splicing, the tying of a stopper, loop or any other self-sufficient binding is known as a knot. Ropes may also be braided/plaited, hitched or looped. The ends of a rope may be whipped to prevent fraying.