Definition of rope-work in US English:

rope-work

noun

  • 1A place where ropes are made; a ropewalk.

  • 2Ropes collectively, forming an arrangement or structure for some purpose.

  • 3Decoration resembling an arrangement of ropes.

  • 4The use of ropes in climbing.

  • 5The use of ropes in agriculture, engineering, navigation, and similar activities.

Origin

Mid 17th century. From rope + work.

Pronunciation

rope-work

/ˈrəʊpwəːk/