robber

Definitions

  • The robber-chief catches the queen
    The robber-chief catches the queen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n robber a thief who steals from someone by threatening violence
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Additional illustrations & photos:

GOMPACHI AWAKENED BY THE MAIDEN IN THE ROBBERS' DEN GOMPACHI AWAKENED BY THE MAIDEN IN THE ROBBERS' DEN
The Robbers Were Armed With Knives The Robbers Were Armed With Knives

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball
    • n Robber One who robs; in law, one who feloniously takes goods or money from the person of another by violence or by putting him in fear. "Some roving robber calling to his fellows."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The original purpose of a coffin was not to protect the body from prowling animals or grave robbers. It was invented to keep the dearly departed from coming back to haunt survivors.
    • n robber One who robs; one who commits a robbery; in a looser sense, one who takes that to which he has no right; one who steals, plunders, or strips by violence and wrong.
    • n robber Synonyms Robber, Thief, Pilferer, Freebooter, Marauder, Brigand, Bandit, Pirate, depredator, despoiler, rifler, highwayman, footpad. (See pillage, n.) A thief takes other people's property without their knowledge; a robber takes it openly, whether or not resistance is offered: in a looser sense, thief is often applied to one who takes a small amount, and robber to one who takes a large amount. A pilferer takes very small amounts by stealth. A freebooter and a marauder rove about, robbing and plundering: the word freebooter emphasizes the fact that the man helps himself at his pleasure, while marauder suggests the loss, inconvenience, fright, or distress produced. A brigand or bandit is one of an organized band of outlaws and robbers, especially in certain countries long known as infested with such bands; bandit is rather a poetic or elevated word; brigand is more common in prose. A pirate is a brigand of the sea. All these words have considerable extension by metonymy or hyperbole.
    • n robber In bee-keeping, a boo which takes honey from a strange hive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The two robbers crucified next to Jesus were named Dismas and Gestas.
    • ns Robber one who robs
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Quotations

  • Edward Dahlberg
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    “Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “There is no robber worse than a bad book.”
  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “These can never be true friends: Hope, dice, a prostitute, a robber, a cheat, a goldsmith, a monkey, a doctor, a distiller.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “A man who has nothing can whistle in a robber's face.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Our prejudices are our robbers, they rob us valuable things in life.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rober—Old High Ger. roubōn, Ger. rauben.

Usage

In literature:

Meason was a robber king, a giant in stature, and a man of no ordinary brains.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
Highway robbers do not way-lay their victims at an inn, but on the road.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
He thought that, if attacked at any time by robbers, they would not search such a place as that.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
He was obliged, therefore, to use all expedition, in order not to arrive too long after the sea-robbers.
"The Oriental Story Book" by Wilhelm Hauff
You would not have dared to come into the stable if you had supposed the robbers were here.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
It appeared to him that the robber must be supernaturally gifted.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
The bees all joined the robbers.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Robber and policemen was a game absurd in its simplicity.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
THE LION, THE ROBBER, AND THE TRAVELLER.
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
The idea that they had conquered ten men and plundered all their property now took possession of the robbers' minds.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The larger and stronger players are usually selected for the robbers.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
I intend to spare no expense in hunting these robbers.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
It told earliest on one of the crucified robbers.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Mike's first thought was that it was one of the robbers who had held him up, but there was no gainsaying the argument brought to bear against him.
"The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters" by Edward S. Ellis
When the robbers try to hold up that truck, they'll have a big surprise in store for them.
"The Radio Boys Trailing a Voice" by Allen Chapman
A shrine was set up and robber John began to develop into Saint John.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
The robbers, sleeping on their rush beds, breathed heavily; they were tired after a hard day.
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
It appeared to him that the robber must be supernaturally gifted.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
In a dark forest lived a band of wild robbers.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
From this point the robbers had struck off toward the high country.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
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In poetry:

But the robber, frightened by his deed,
In terror now did lie,
For the hand of Clarke upon his throat
Is tighter as he died.
"The Gallant Peter Clarke" by Anonymous Oceania
Welcome, O welcome to our hearts, Lord! here
Thou hast a temple too, and full as dear
As that in Sion, and as full of sin:
How long shall thieves and robbers dwell therein?
"Descend To Thy Jerusalem, O Lord!" by Jeremy Taylor
The Judge and the Robber, that remaine
Within my soule, their cause to trie,
are there all one:
And so the giver of the paine,
And he that is condemn'd to die
or I, or none.
"The Sheepheard Firmius His Song" by Bartholomew Young
Before thee, by the poor, thy treasures send
To that safe place, which robbers can't annoy;
For whatsoever thou, to them, dost lend,
Thou shalt from Christ receive again with joy.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
Yet when the year departs
He takes his gifts with him--
"Oh, Robber!" we cry,
Aghast and weeping,
"Nay," he replies, "I did but lend.
Still, for your weeping, I will leave you something.
"Memory" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
A little less, a little more !--
Look forth, look forth! without the door
There stands a robber old.
He'll force your ev'ry lock and spring,
And all your goods he'll take and fling
On Stygian waters cold.
"To The Fortune Seeker" by Morris Rosenfeld

In news:

Crime Stoppers tip leads to bank robber.
Robbers On High Street @ Union Hall: July 20, 2011.
Brooklyn's Robbers On High Street played Union Hall last night.
Kenney bank robbers suspected in Chestnut holdup .
Kenney bank robbers suspected in Chestnut holdup.
A New Jersey pharmacist pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at a would-be robber as he chased him from his store, authorities said.
Repeat robber strikes in Cleveland Hts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Suspected bank robbers fleeing county sheriff's deputies hurled cash from a speeding SUV on Wednesday, drawing people into the streets until a pickup blocked their path and they had to surrender.
Suspected bank robbers fleeing county sheriff's deputies hurled cash from a speeding SUV on Wednesday, drawing people into the streets until a pickup blocked their path and they had to surrender.
NYPD releases image of Central Park ice pick robber.
He was convicted last year of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a wounded robber.
A fast food employee who works on 1800 block of Taylor Road was confronted by an armed robber while leaving work.
Teen Erotic Store Robber Convinced Into Job Application Sentenced 10-Years.
Police Want Public's Help Nabbing Serial Bank Robbers.
He was calm, well-groomed , and police say he was a bank robber.
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In science:

Our work is motivated by cases in which the evader has incomplete information about the network or lacks planning time or computational power, e.g. when authorities set up roadblocks to catch bank robbers, the criminals do not know all the roadblock locations or the best path to use for their escape.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
Suppose bank robbers (evaders) want to escape from the bank at node s to their safe haven at node t1 or node t2 .
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
The robbers might not be aware of the interdiction efforts, or believe that they will be able to move faster than the authorities can set up roadblocks.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
This gives an excellent representation of the expected Planck CMB constraints for combining with supernova data (Linder & Robbers 2008; de Putter et al. 2009).
Reducing Zero-point Systematics in Dark Energy Supernova Experiments
In these games, the players are Robert (for “robber”) and Ge rald (for “guardian”).
Opacity Issues in Games with Imperfect Information
When the police arrived at a bank responding to a robbery, the robbers had already fled in two cars speeding at 80 km/h and 90 km/h.
Oscar's Physics Phaire: A Collection of Problems
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