- a person who roves; wanderer
- a mark selected at random for use as a target
- one of the three players in the ruck, usually smaller than the other two, selected for his agility in play
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a person who roves;
- a mark selected at random, as in a competition between two archers wandering over a specified area.
- one of a group of fixed marks at a long distance.
- an archer who shoots at such a mark.
- Sport[Croquet.]a ball that has been driven through all the arches and needs only to strike the last peg to be out of the game.
- British Terms
- (at concerts or the like) a person who has a ticket for standing room only.
- a senior boy scout, 18 years of age or older.
- rove1 + -er1 1490–1500
rov•er2 (rō′vər),USA pronunciation n.
- Nautical, Naval Termsa pirate.
- Nautical, Naval Terms[Obs.]a pirate ship.
- Middle Dutch or Middle Low German: robber, equivalent. to roven to rob, reave1 + -er -er1
- Middle English 1350–1400
rov•er3 (rō′vər),USA pronunciation n.
- Buildinga roving or routing machine.
- a roving-machine operator.
- rove3 + -er1 1735–45
Ro•ver (rō′vər),USA pronunciation n.
- a familiar name for a dog.
- to move here and there at random: [~ + object]to rove the subways, looking for victims.[no object]to rove in the woods.
- to wander about without definite destination;
move hither and thither at random, esp. over a wide area.
- to wander over or through;
traverse:to rove the woods.
- 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.
- a pt. and pp. of reeve 2.
rove3 (rōv),USA pronunciation
- Textilesto form (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) into slightly twisted strands in a preparatory process of spinning.
- Textilesto draw fibers or the like through an eye or other small opening.
- Textilesto attenuate, compress, and twist slightly in carding.
- British Termsroving2.
- of obscure origin, originally 1780–90
- a pirate or pirate ship
the former name for Venture Scout