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Meaning of ROVE

Pronunciation:  rowv

WordNet Dictionary
[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"

ROVE is a 4 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
 See Also: gad, gallivant, go, jazz around, locomote, maunder, move, travel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
  4. \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
  5. \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.