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A rope is a thick length of yarns or wires which are twisted or woven together to provide increased resistance to tensile forces. Ropes have been in use for thousands of years, and several early civilisations independently developed rope-making techniques. The ancient Egyptians are believed to have been the first to make rope.[1]

Historical Uses

Throughout history, ropes have played an indispensable role in the development of numerous civilisations. Uses have included:

Modern-day Uses

Due to their versatility, ropes have an almost infinite number of applications, even in the modern day. Amongst these are:

  • Tying onto oneself for safety (e.g. when rock clibing or swimming against a current)
  • Dog leads
  • Binding two or more objects together
  • Fishing
  • Sailing (e.g. mooring a boat/controlling the sails of a yacht)
  • Use as a makeshift belt, necklace, or bracelet
  • Lifting heavy objects (alongside a system of pulleys)
  • Parachute cords
  • Shoelaces
  • Decoration