Rover meaning

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The definition of a rover is a wandering person or thing.

An example of a rover is a gypsy.

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A pirate vessel.
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A pirate or pirate ship.
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A vagabond, a tramp, an unsteady, restless person, one who by habit doesn't settle down or marry.

She is a rover and dislikes any sort of ties, physical or emotional.

1954 Give him the word, that I'm not a rover, and tell him that his lonely days are over. Mr. Sandman, song by Pat Ballard, recorded by the Chordettes.

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A traditional name for a pet dog.
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A person who operates a machine for roving fibers.
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Such a machine.
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(archery, usually plural) A randomly selected target.

1890 "By my hilt! no. There was little Robby Withstaff, and Andrew Salblaster, and Wat Alspaye, who broke the neck of the German. Mon Dieu! what men they were! Take them how you would, at long butts or short, hoyles, rounds, or rovers, better bowmen never twirled a shaft over their thumb-nails." "” Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company, Chapter 22.

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One who roves, a wanderer, a nomad.

1846 But these islands, undisturbed for years, relapsed into their previous obscurity; and it is only recently that anything has been known concerning them. Once in the course of a half century, to be sure, some adventurous rover would break in upon their peaceful repose. and astonished at the unusual scene, would be almost tempted to claim the merit of a new discovery. "” Herman Melville, Typee, Chapter 1.

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A vehicle for exploring extraterrestrial bodies.

The Mars Exploration Rovers will act as robot geologists while they are on the surface of Mars. NASA site.

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Position in Australian Rules football, one of three of a team's followers, who follow the ball around the ground. Formerly a position for short players, rovers in professional leagues are frequently over 183 cm (6').
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(croquet) A ball which has passed through all the hoops and would go out if it hit the stake but is continued in play; also, the player of such a ball.
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A pirate or pirate ship.

1719 The first was this: our ship making her course towards the Canary Islands, or rather between those islands and the African shore, was surprised in the grey of the morning by a Turkish rover of Sallee, who gave chase to us with all the sail she could make. "” Daniel Defoe, Robinnson Crusoe, Chapter 2.

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(sports) Someone connected with any number of teams called the Rovers, as a fan, player, coach etc.
  • (soccer) Someone connected with Blackburn Rovers FC, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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A stereotypical name for a dog.
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A mark in archery selected by chance.
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A pirate.
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A person, animal, or thing that roves, or wanders.
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Origin of rover

  • Middle English from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German robber from roven to rob reup- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle Dutch, roven, to rob. Cognate with Danish and Norwegian røver (“robber, thief, highwayman, brigand"), Swedish rövare

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English roven (“to wander, to shoot an arrow randomly")

    From Wiktionary