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Rope vs. Hank: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 19, 2023
"Rope" is a length of strong, thick cord made from twisted or braided fibers, while a "Hank" is a coil or loop of yarn or rope.

Key Differences

A "Rope" is traditionally understood as a long, thick line created by twisting or braiding multiple fibers or strands together. It's known for its strength and durability and is used in various contexts, such as climbing, securing objects, or towing. In contrast, a "Hank" refers to a coiled or looped bundle of yarn or rope. It's not a product used for strength, rather a form in which materials like yarn are packaged or stored.
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When considering the physical properties and uses, "Rope" is made to bear weight and withstand tension. Its construction is designed to distribute stress along the cordage and offer a high degree of reliability under strain. However, a "Hank" is not defined by its ability to bear weight or tension but rather its form. A hank is a way yarn or other string materials are arranged, typically for storage or sale, without any implication of strength or use like rope.
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In manufacturing or production, "Rope" is crafted with specific materials such as hemp, nylon, or polyester, contributing to its characteristic strength and flexibility. It's used in settings ranging from marine to construction, to outdoor recreation. On the other hand, a "Hank" is simply a quantity of yarn or rope, not distinguished by material but by its coiled or looped form. It's a preparatory form before yarn or thread is used for knitting, weaving, or other crafts.
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The versatility of a "Rope" is seen in its various applications — it can be used for practical purposes like securing cargo, or recreational activities like rock climbing. Its length, thickness, and material can vary widely depending on its intended use. Conversely, a "Hank" is a specific term used primarily in the textile industry. Its purpose is more about the management of yarn or thread — ensuring it is tangle-free and measured accurately for sale or use.
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Oct 19, 2023
In essence, the term "Rope" encompasses a range of heavy-duty cordage known for its tensile strength and utility in various high-stress applications. "Hank," however, is a specialized term that refers to the form in which yarn or a length of rope is stored or sold — looped and coiled, ready for use in textile crafts or other applications where individual fibers are key.
Harlon Moss
Oct 19, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Strong cord of twisted fibers
Coiled/looped yarn or rope
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Function

Bearing weight, securing items
Storage or sale form of yarn
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Material

Hemp, nylon, polyester, etc.
Any, as it's a form, not a material
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Industry

Various (construction, marine, etc.)
Textile/crafts
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Structure

Long, continuous and strong
Coiled, looped, not for load-bearing
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Rope and Hank Definitions

Rope

Cordage used for binding, pulling, or lifting.
He tied his belongings with a rope before setting off.
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Oct 19, 2023

Hank

A looped bundle of yarn or rope.
She bought a hank of wool to knit a scarf.
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Rope

A flexible heavy cord of tightly intertwined hemp or other fiber.
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Hank

A coiled or looped form of string materials.
The crafts store displayed various hanks of colorful yarn.
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Oct 19, 2023

Rope

A string of items attached in one line, especially by twisting or braiding
A rope of onions.
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Nov 10, 2022

Hank

A specific arrangement of yarn or thread for storage or sale.
The artisan dyed hanks of natural fiber in vibrant hues.
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Oct 19, 2023

Rope

A sticky glutinous formation of stringy matter in a liquid.
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Nov 10, 2022

Hank

An amount of yarn or rope wound in a large loop.
He untangled the hank before starting his macramé project.
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Oct 19, 2023

Rope

A cord with a noose at one end for hanging a person.
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Hank

A coil or loop.
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Rope

Execution or death by hanging
To die by the rope.
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Hank

(Nautical) A ring on a stay attached to the luff of a jib or staysail.
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Rope

A lasso or lariat.
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Hank

A looped bundle, as of yarn.
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Rope

Ropes(Sports) Several cords strung between poles to enclose a boxing or wrestling ring.
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Hank

A coil or loop of something, especially twine, yarn, or rope.
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Rope

Ropes(Informal) Specialized procedures or details
Learn the ropes.
Know the ropes.
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Hank

(nautical) A ring or shackle that secures a staysail to its stay and allows the sail to glide smoothly up and down.
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Rope

(Baseball) A line drive.
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Hank

(Ulster) Doubt, difficulty.
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Rope

To tie, fasten, or attach with a rope or other cord.
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Hank

(Ulster) Mess, tangle.
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Rope

To enclose, separate, or partition with a rope or other cord
Rope off the scene of the crime.
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Hank

A rope or withe for fastening a gate.
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Rope

To catch with a rope or lasso.
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Hank

(obsolete) Hold; influence.
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Rope

(Informal) To persuade or manipulate (someone)
My boss roped me into attending the ceremony.
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Hank

(wrestling) A throw in which a wrestler turns his left side to his opponent, twines his left leg about his opponent's right leg from the inside, and throws him backward.
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Rope

(uncountable) Thick strings, yarn, monofilaments, metal wires, or strands of other cordage that are twisted together to form a stronger line.
Nylon rope is usually stronger than similar rope made of plant fibers.
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Hank

(transitive) To form into hanks.
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Rope

(countable) An individual length of such material.
The swinging bridge is constructed of 40 logs and 30 ropes.
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Hank

To fasten with a rope, as a gate.
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Rope

A cohesive strand of something.
The duchess wore a rope of pearls to the soirée.
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Hank

A parcel consisting of two or more skeins of yarn or thread tied together.
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Rope

A shot of semen that a man releases during ejaculation.
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Hank

A rope or withe for fastening a gate.
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Rope

(dated) A continuous stream.
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Hank

Hold; influence.
When the devil hath got such a hank over him.
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Rope

(baseball) A hard line drive.
He hit a rope past third and into the corner.
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Hank

A ring or eye of rope, wood, or iron, attached to the edge of a sail and running on a stay.
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Rope

(ceramics) A long thin segment of soft clay, either extruded or formed by hand.
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Hank

A throw in which a wrestler turns his left side to his opponent, twines his left leg about his opponent's right leg from the inside, and throws him backward.
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Rope

(computer science) A data structure resembling a string, using a concatenation tree in which each leaf represents a character.
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Hank

To fasten with a rope, as a gate.
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Rope

A kind of chaff material dropped to interfere with radar consisting of foil strips with paper chutes attached.
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Hank

To form into hanks.
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Rope

(Jainism) A unit of distance equivalent to the distance covered in six months by a god flying at ten million miles per second.
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Hank

A coil of rope or wool or yarn
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Rope

(jewelry) A necklace of at least 1 meter in length.
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Hank

A measurement or unit of yarn sold in a looped form.
She found the perfect hank of silk for her embroidery.
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Oct 19, 2023

Rope

(nautical) Cordage of at least 1 inch in diameter, or a length of such cordage.
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Rope

(archaic) A unit of length equal to 20 feet.
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Rope

(slang) Rohypnol.
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Rope

Semen being ejaculated.
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Rope

(with "the") Death by hanging.
The murderer was sentenced to the rope.
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Rope

(in the plural) The small intestines.
The ropes of birds
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Rope

(transitive) To tie (something) with rope.
The robber roped the victims.
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Rope

(transitive) To throw a rope (or something similar, e.g. a lasso, cable, wire, etc.) around (something).
The cowboy roped the calf.
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Rope

(intransitive) To climb by means of a rope or ropes.
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Rope

(intransitive) To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread.
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Rope

To commit suicide, particularly by hanging.
My life is a mess; I might as well rope.
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Rope

A large, stout cord, usually one not less than an inch in circumference, made of strands twisted or braided together. It differs from cord, line, and string, only in its size. See Cordage.
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Rope

A row or string consisting of a number of things united, as by braiding, twining, etc.; as, a rope of onions.
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Rope

The small intestines; as, the ropes of birds.
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Rope

To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread, as by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality.
Let us not hang like ropingiciclesUpon our houses' thatch.
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Rope

To bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord; as, to rope a bale of goods.
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Rope

To connect or fasten together, as a party of mountain climbers, with a rope.
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Rope

To partition, separate, or divide off, by means of a rope, so as to include or exclude something; as, to rope in, or rope off, a plot of ground; to rope out a crowd.
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Rope

To lasso (a steer, horse).
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Rope

To draw, as with a rope; to entice; to inveigle; to decoy; as, to rope in customers or voters.
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Rope

To prevent from winning (as a horse), by pulling or curbing.
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Rope

A strong line
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Rope

Street names for flunitrazepan
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Rope

Catch with a lasso;
Rope cows
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Rope

Fasten with a rope;
Rope the bag securely
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Rope

A strong, thick line made from weaving or twisting fiber strands.
She grabbed the rope to steady herself as the boat rocked.
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Oct 19, 2023

Rope

A length of fibers, twisted or braided together to improve strength.
The rescue team relied on their strongest rope for the mission.
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Oct 19, 2023

Rope

A durable material used in various physical activities.
The climbers checked their ropes before ascending the mountain.
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Rope

A versatile tool used in many practical and recreational applications.
She skipped with a rope for exercise.
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Oct 19, 2023

FAQs

Is a hank related to a specific type of material?

No, it refers to the form, regardless of material.
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Oct 19, 2023

What materials are commonly used to make rope?

Natural fibers like hemp or synthetic materials like nylon.
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What is a hank used for in crafting?

It's yarn or thread packaged for use in knitting or weaving.
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Can the thickness of a rope determine its strength?

Generally, yes; thicker ropes are often stronger.
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Can you knit directly from a hank?

No, it usually needs to be wound into a ball first.
Sara Rehman
Oct 19, 2023

Is a hank a standard unit of measurement?

It's a form but can refer to a specific quantity in textiles.
Janet White
Oct 19, 2023

Are ropes used in safety equipment?

Yes, especially in climbing, boating, and construction.
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Oct 19, 2023

Can ropes be recycled?

Some synthetic ropes can be, but options are limited.
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Oct 19, 2023

How is rope length measured?

It's measured in feet or meters from end to end.
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What is the lifespan of a rope?

It depends on use, material, and storage conditions.
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What crafts are hanks most associated with?

Knitting, crocheting, and weaving.
Janet White
Oct 19, 2023

Do ropes need maintenance?

Yes, regular inspection for wear and proper storage.
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Why are hanks important in the textile industry?

They prevent tangling and ease the use of yarn.
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Can you determine yarn quality from a hank?

Not fully, but it allows inspection of color and texture.
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What industries are ropes indispensable in?

Maritime, construction, sports, to name a few.
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How do hanks benefit yarn storage?

They help avoid knots and maintain yarn quality.
Sara Rehman
Oct 19, 2023

Is there a difference between a skein and a hank?

They're similar, but skeins are usually smaller and wound differently.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 19, 2023

Are there waterproof ropes?

Yes, some synthetic ropes are water-resistant.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 19, 2023

How do you store a hank of yarn?

Generally in a cool, dry place, free from tangles.
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How do you test a rope's strength?

Through tension, load, and elasticity tests.
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