- The definition of a rake is a long tool with long teeth for gathering or smoothing.
An example of a rake is a tool used to gather leaves in the fall.
- Rake is defined as to gather up, smooth over or move through.
An example of to rake is to gather up leaves in the fall from the lawn.
A rake being used to clear leaves.
A young boy holding a rake.
rake definition by Webster's New World
- any of various long-handled tools with teeth or prongs at one end, used for gathering loose grass, hay, leaves, etc., or for smoothing broken ground
- any of various similar toothed devices: oyster rake
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English raca; akin to Old Norse reka, spade, German rechen, a rake ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reĝ-, to direct, put in order from source right
- to gather or scrape together with or as with a rake
- to make (a lawn, etc.) tidy with a rake
- to gather with great care
- to scratch or smooth with a rake, as in leveling broken ground
- to cover (a fire) with ashes
- to scratch or scrape
- to search through minutely; scour
- to direct gunfire along (a line of troops, the deck of a ship, etc.): often figurative
- to look over rapidly and searchingly
Origin: ME raken < the n.; also in part < ON raka, to scrape, shave
- to use a rake
- to search as if with a rake
- to scrape or sweep: with over, across, etc.
Origin: contr. of rakehell
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin to Swedish raka, to project, akin to Old English hrægan, to project ; from Indo-European base an unverified form krek-, an unverified form krok-, to project
- a slanting or inclination
- away from the perpendicular: the rake of a mast
- away from the horizontal: the rake of a stage
- the angle made by the edge of a cutting tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface that is being worked on
rake definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A long-handled implement with a row of projecting teeth at its head, used especially to gather leaves or to loosen or smooth earth.
- A device that resembles such an implement.
- To gather or move with or as if with a rake: rake leaves; rake in the gambling chips.
- To smooth, scrape, or loosen with a rake or similar implement: rake the soil for planting.
- Informal To gain in abundance. Often used with in: a successful company that raked in the profits.
- To search or examine thoroughly; ransack.
- To scrape; scratch.
- To aim heavy gunfire along the length of.
- To use a rake.
- To conduct a thorough search: raked through the files for the misplaced letter.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English raca; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- rakˈer noun
Origin: Short for rakehell.
intr. & tr.v. raked raked, rak·ing, rakes
- Inclination from the perpendicular: the rake of a jet plane's wings.
- The angle between the cutting edge of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the working surface to which the tool is applied.
Origin: Origin unknown.
rake - Phrases/Idioms
rake over the coals