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English Dictionary: rove by the DICT Development Group
7 results for rove
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"
    Synonym(s): roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rove \Rove\ (r[omac]v), v. t. [perhaps fr. or akin to reeve.]
      1. To draw through an eye or aperture.
      2. To draw out into flakes; to card, as wool. --Jamieson.
      3. To twist slightly; to bring together, as slivers of wool
            or cotton, and twist slightly before spinning.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rove \Rove\ (r[omac]v), n.
      1. A copper washer upon which the end of a nail is clinched
            in boat building.
      2. A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and slighty
            twisted, preparatory to further process; a roving.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rove \Rove\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Roved}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Roving}.] [Cf. D. rooven to rob; akin to E. reave. See
      {Reave}, {Rob}.]
      1. To practice robbery on the seas; to wander about on the
            seas in piracy. [Obs.] --Hakluyt.
      2. Hence, to wander; to ramble; to rauge; to go, move, or
            pass without certain direction in any manner, by sailing,
            walking, riding, flying, or otherwise.
                     For who has power to walk has power to rove.
      3. (Archery) To shoot at rovers; hence, to shoot at an angle
            of elevation, not at point-blank (rovers usually being
            beyond the point-blank range).
                     Fair Venus' son, that with thy cruel dart At that
                     good knight so cunningly didst rove.   --Spenser.
      Syn: To wander; roam; range; ramble stroll.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rove \Rove\, v. t.
      1. To wander over or through.
                     Roving the field, I chanced A goodly tree far
                     distant to behold.                              --milton.
      2. To plow into ridges by turning the earth of two furrows

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Rove \Rove\, n.
      The act of wandering; a ramble.
               In thy nocturnal rove one moment halt.   --Young.
      {Rove beetle} (Zo[94]l.), any one of numerous species of
            beetles of the family {Staphylinid[91]}, having short
            elytra beneath which the wings are folded transversely.
            They are rapid runners, and seldom fly.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Reeve \Reeve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rove} (r?v); p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Reeving}.] [Cf. D. reven. See {Reef}, n. & v. t.] (Naut.)
      To pass, as the end of a pope, through any hole in a block,
      thimble, cleat, ringbolt, cringle, or the like.
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