Rake meaning

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A usually well-to-do man who is dissolute or promiscuous.
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To use a rake.
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To conduct a thorough search.

Raked through the files for the misplaced letter.

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To slant or cause to incline from the perpendicular.

Propeller blades that rake backward from the shaft; rake a ship's mast.

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Inclination from the perpendicular.

The rake of a jet plane's wings.

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The angle between the cutting edge of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the working surface to which the tool is applied.
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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.
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Any of various similar toothed devices.

Oyster rake.

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To scratch or smooth with a rake, as in leveling broken ground.
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To cover (a fire) with ashes.
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To scratch or scrape.
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To search through minutely; scour.
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To direct gunfire along (a line of troops, the deck of a ship, etc.)
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To look over rapidly and searchingly.
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To use a rake.
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To search as if with a rake.
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To scrape or sweep.
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A dissolute, debauched man of fashion.
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To be slightly inclined; slant, as a ship's masts, etc.
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To cause to slant or incline.
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A slanting or inclination.
  • Away from the perpendicular.
    The rake of a mast.
  • Away from the horizontal.
    The rake of a stage.
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The angle made by the edge of a cutting tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface that is being worked on.
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To fly after game.
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(Ireland, slang) A lot, plenty.

Jim has had a rake of trouble with his new car.

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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.

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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.

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A long-handled implement with a row of projecting teeth at its head, used especially to gather leaves or to loosen or smooth earth.
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A device that resembles such an implement.
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To aim heavy gunfire along the length of.
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To pull or drag (a comb or one's fingers, for example) over or through something, such as one's hair.
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To scrape; scratch.

The cat raked my arm with its claws.

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To gather with great care.
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To run after game with the nose to the track instead of in the wind.
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A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil.
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(geology) The direction of slip during fault movement. The rake is measured within the fault plane.
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(roofing) The sloped edge of a roof at or adjacent to the first or last rafter.
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(rail transport) A set of coupled rail vehicles, normally coaches or wagons.

The train was formed of a locomotive and a rake of six coaches.

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(cellular automata) A puffer that emits a stream of spaceships rather than a trail of debris.
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The scaled commission fee taken by a cardroom operating a poker game.
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A toothed machine drawn by a horse, used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
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(mining) A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so.
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To use a rake on (leaves, debris, soil, a lawn, etc) in order to loosen, gather together, or remove debris from.

We raked all the leaves into a pile.

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To search thoroughly.

Detectives appeared, roped the curious people out of the grounds, and raked the place for clews. -- Captain John Blaine.

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To spray with gunfire.

The enemy machine guns raked the roadway.

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To claw at; to scratch.

Her sharp fingernails raked the side of my face.

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To gather, especially quickly (often as rake in)

The casino is just raking in the cash; it's like a license to print money.

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(intransitive) To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.
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(intransitive) To proceed rapidly; to move swiftly.
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(intransitive) To incline from a perpendicular direction.

A mast rakes aft.

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We now have rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and grave politicians in the dress of Rakes. "” the Spectator.

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(UK, dialect, dated) To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.
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(UK, dialect, dated) To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.

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(provincial, Northern England) A course; direction; stretch.
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(provincial, Northern England, for animals) A range, stray.

A sheep-raik = a sheep-walk.

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(provincial, Northern England) To run or rove.
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rake over the coals
  • To reprimand severely.
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rake in
  • To gather an abundant amount of rapidly.
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rake up
  • To uncover facts or gossip about (the past, a scandal, etc.).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of rake

  • Middle English from Old English raca reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for rakehell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old Norse rák (“trail"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ“kō, *rakÄ…, *rakō, *rakÇ­ (“file of tracks, line"), from Proto-Indo-European *(o)reg'-, *(o)reg'a- (“to straighten, direct"). Cognate with Icelandic rák (“streak, grazing"), Icelandic raka (“strip, series"), Norwegian røk (“grazing"), Norwegian rak (“wick"), Old English race, racu (“a run, riverbed").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English raken, from Old English racian (“to direct, rule, govern, control; take a course or direction, go forward, move, run; hasten"), from Proto-Germanic *rakōnÄ… (“to choose a direction, run"), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“to straighten, direct"). Cognate with Dutch raken (“to hit, touch, reach").

    From Wiktionary

  • Shortening of rakehell, possibly from rake (etymology 2) (“to proceed rapidly")

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English raca, from Proto-Germanic *rakaz

    From Wiktionary