Rove Definition

rōv
roved, roves, roving
verb
roving
To card (wool).
American Heritage
To wander about; go from place to place, esp. over an extensive area, with no particular course or destination; roam.
Webster's New World
To put (fibers) through an eye or opening.
American Heritage
To be directed without apparent purpose; look in an idle or casual manner.
His gazed roved over the faces in the crowd.
American Heritage
To wander over; roam through.
To rove the woods.
Webster's New World
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noun
roves
The act of roving; a ramble.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World

A copper washer upon which the end of a nail is clinched in boatbuilding.

Wiktionary

A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and lightly twisted, preparatory to further processing; a roving.

Wiktionary

Origin of Rove

  • Middle English roven to shoot arrows at a mark

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

  • Of uncertain origin; perhaps a dialectal form of rave.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

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

  • Inflected forms.

    From Wiktionary

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