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VERB (1)

1. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment;
- Example: "The gypsies roamed the woods"
- Example: "roving vagabonds"
- Example: "the wandering Jew"
- Example: "The cattle roam across the prairie"
- Example: "the laborers drift from one town to the next"
- Example: "They rolled from town to town"
[syn: roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reeve \Reeve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rove (r[=o]v); p. pr. & vb. n. Reeving.] [Cf. D. reven. See Reef, n. & v. t.] (Naut.) To pass, as the end of a rope, through any hole in a block, thimble, cleat, ringbolt, cringle, or the like. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rove \Rove\, v. t. 1. To wander over or through. [1913 Webster] Roving the field, I chanced A goodly tree far distant to behold. --milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To plow into ridges by turning the earth of two furrows together. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rove \Rove\ (r[=o]v), v. t. [perhaps fr. or akin to reeve.] 1. To draw through an eye or aperture. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw out into flakes; to card, as wool. --Jamieson. [1913 Webster] 3. To twist slightly; to bring together, as slivers of wool or cotton, and twist slightly before spinning. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rove \Rove\ (r[=o]v), n. 1. A copper washer upon which the end of a nail is clinched in boat building. [1913 Webster] 2. A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and slighty twisted, preparatory to further process; a roving. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] For who has power to walk has power to rove. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 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). [1913 Webster] Fair Venus' son, that with thy cruel dart At that good knight so cunningly didst rove. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Syn: To wander; roam; range; ramble stroll. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rove \Rove\, n. The act of wandering; a ramble. [1913 Webster] In thy nocturnal rove one moment halt. --Young. [1913 Webster] Rove beetle (Zool.), any one of numerous species of beetles of the family Staphylinidae, having short elytra beneath which the wings are folded transversely. They are rapid runners, and seldom fly. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rove v 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" [syn: roll, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

73 Moby Thesaurus words for "rove": Wanderjahr, afoot and lighthearted, bat around, bum, bumming, count ties, discursion, divagate, divagation, drift, drifting, err, errantry, excurse, flit, flitting, gad, gad about, gadding, gallivant, go about, go adrift, go astray, go the rounds, hit the road, hit the trail, hobo, hoboism, itineracy, itinerancy, jaunt, knock about, knock around, meander, mooch, nomadism, nomadize, peregrinate, peregrination, pererrate, pererration, prowl, ramble, rambling, range, roam, roaming, roving, run about, saunter, snake, straggle, stray, straying, stroll, traipse, traipsing, tramp, twist, twist and turn, vagabond, vagabondage, vagabondia, vagabondism, vagabondize, vagrancy, walk the tracks, wander, wandering, wanderlust, wayfare, wayfaring, wind