rove

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
rove1 /roʊv/USA pronunciation   v.,  roved, rov•ing. 
  1. to move here and there at random: [+ object]to rove the subways, looking for victims.[no object]to rove in the woods.
rov•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
rove1 (rōv),USA pronunciation  v.,  roved, rov•ing, n. 

v.i. 
  1. to wander about without definite destination;
    move hither and thither at random, esp. over a wide area.

v.t. 
  1. to wander over or through;
    traverse:to rove the woods.

n. 
  1. an act or instance of roving.
  • Scandinavian; compare Old Norse rāfa to stray; but compare also Old French raver to roam
  • 1490–1500; origin, originally, to shoot at a random target; perh.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stroll, amble, stray. See  roam. 

rove2 (rōv),USA pronunciation v. 
  1. a pt. and pp. of  reeve 2.

rove3 (rōv),USA pronunciation  v.,  roved, rov•ing, n. 

v.t. 
  1. Textilesto form (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) into slightly twisted strands in a preparatory process of spinning.
  2. Textilesto draw fibers or the like through an eye or other small opening.
  3. Textilesto attenuate, compress, and twist slightly in carding.

n. 
  1. British Termsroving2.
  • of obscure origin, originally 1780–90


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rove /rəʊv/ vb
  1. to wander about (a place) with no fixed direction; roam
  2. (intransitive) (of the eyes) to look around; wander
n
  1. the act of roving
Etymology: 15th Century roven (in archery) to shoot at a target chosen at random (C16: to wander, stray), from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rāfa to wander
rove /rəʊv/ vb
  1. (transitive) to pull out and twist (fibres of wool, cotton, etc) lightly, as before spinning or in carding
n
  1. wool, cotton, etc, thus prepared
Etymology: 18th Century: of obscure origin
rove /rəʊv/ vb
  1. a past tense and past participle of reeve2



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