reave

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reave steal goods; take as spoils "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Reave rēv To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. Archaic. "To reave his life.""He golden apples raft of the dragon.""If the wooers reave By privy stratagem my life at home.""To reave the orphan of his patrimony.""The heathen caught and reft him of his tongue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reave To take away by force or stealth; carry off as booty; take violently; purloin, especially in a foray: with a thing as object.
    • reave To take away; remove; abstract; draw off.
    • reave To rob; plunder; dispossess; bereave: with a person as object.
    • reave To tear up, as the rafters or roof of a house.
    • reave To ravel; pull to pieces, as a textile fabric.
    • reave To practise plundering or pillaging; carry off stolen property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reave rēv to take away by violence
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. reáfian, from reáf, spoil, plunder, clothing, reófan, to break (cf. bireófan, to deprive of); akin to G. rauben, to rob, Icel. raufa, to rob, rjūfa, to break, violate, Goth. biráubōn, to despoil, L. rumpere, to break; cf. Skr. lup, to break. √114. Cf. Bereave Rob (v. t.) Robe Rove (v. i.) Rupture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. reáfian, to rob—reáf, clothing, spoil; Ger. rauben, to rob.

Usage

In literature:

Wherefore is the castle warred upon of them that would fain reave her thereof by force.
"High History of the Holy Graal" by Unknown
Many of life he reaves, himself of worth And goodly estimation.
"The Vision of Purgatory, Part 3" by Dante Alighieri
Many of life he reaves, himself of worth And goodly estimation.
"The Vision of Purgatory, Complete" by Dante Alighieri
Many of life he reaves, himself of worth And goodly estimation.
"The Divine Comedy, Complete" by Dante Alighieri
She was a Reaves and her children are mostly Reaves.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
H.S., Phillips, A.L., Reaves, T.C., Robertson, W.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Raft, i, 24, struck away (from reave).
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
God send the land deliverance Frae every reaving, riding Scot!
"Ballads of Scottish Tradition and Romance" by Various
I got to hurry, because the mair hericopter reaves right away.
"--And Devious the Line of Duty" by Tom Godwin
Wonderfully JESUS works in His lovers, those whom he reaves from the pleasure of flesh and blood through tender love.
"The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises" by Richard Rolle of Hampole
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In poetry:

"He wold pull downe my halles and castles,
And reave me of my lyfe:
And ever I feare that paynim kyng,
Iff I reave him of his wyfe."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
For thee this music wakes not. O deceived,
If thou hear in these thoughtless harmonies
A pious phantom of adorings reaved,
And echo of fair ancient flatteries!
"Ode To The Setting Sun - Prelude" by Francis Thompson
For as the Sun doth blind the gazer's eyes,
That for a time they nought discern aright:
So Honour doth befool and blind the Wise,
And their own Lustre 'reaves them of their sight.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Michael Wigglesworth
O surely, reaving Peace, my Lord should leave in lieu
Some good! And so he does leave Patience exquisite,
That plumes to Peace thereafter. And when Peace here does house
He comes with work to do, he does not come to coo,
He comes to brood and sit.
"Peace" by Gerard Manley Hopkins

In news:

Another candidate for the First Congressional District US House seat joined KASU's Johnathan Reaves for an interview.
Reaves and Ennis start military career.
Running back Darrin Reaves, who posted just the fourth 1,000-yard season in UAB history, earned second team honors.
The book details the role Pfeiffer had in Hemingway 's career KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Hawkins about the book in this report.
Reaves (UAB) - 32 CAR, 184 YDS, 2 TD.
The complaint, by 15 housekeepers , alleged that their zone manager, Juanita Williams, and crew leader Annette Reaves created "an environment of fear and intimidation.".
Darrin Reaves runs for yardage against Marshall.
Memphis stymies Darrin Reaves, blasts UAB 46-9 at Legion Field.
Tiger Woods Audio heard on Dan Reaves Show.
Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine, Tony Reaves column.
This quickly backfired for the Blues, and head coach Ken Hitchcock quickly realized his mistake and put Ryan Reaves back into the lineup.
Donovan McNabb, Randall Cunningham and John Reaves are the others.
0 Posted May 7, 2008 by Gayle Reaves in News.
Rains have caused rivers to swell, and flood warnings are in effect KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
0 Posted February 8, 2012 by BETTY BRINK AND GAYLE REAVES in News.
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In science:

Reaves’ estimates were based on how frequently a given cluster detected on one plate was missing on another plate where it should have been seen.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Despite Abell’s and Reaves’ results, Bogart & Wagoner74 in 1973 still invoked IC dust as the origin of an apparent cluster–cluster anti-correlation.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Reaves showed that intermediate-distance clusters are less often seen behind nearby clusters than very distant ones.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Fritz Zwicky did not live long enough to read Reaves’ paper.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Reaves noted that the main problems for the identification of dwarf galaxies were their low surface brightness, and the fact that these galaxies “resemble water spots and certain common emulsion defects”.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
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