Definitions for: Rove

[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rove (r[=o]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.

Rove (r[=o]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.

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.

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

Rove, n.
The act of wandering; a ramble.

In thy nocturnal rove one moment halt. --Young.

Rove beetle (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
beetles of the family Staphylinid[ae], having short
elytra beneath which the wings are folded transversely.
They are rapid runners, and seldom fly.

Synonyms: cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

See Also: gad, gallivant, go, jazz around, locomote, maunder, move, travel

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