rover

Definitions

  • Last of all she sang in a low voice a dirge over the Rover of the Plain
    Last of all she sang in a low voice a dirge over the Rover of the Plain
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rover an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement
    • n rover someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The surface speed record on the moon is 10.56 miles per hour. It was set in a lunar rover.
    • Rover (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.
    • Rover (Archery) A sort of arrow.
    • Rover (Archery) Casual marks at uncertain distances.
    • Rover Hence, a fickle, inconstant person.
    • Rover One who practices robbery on the seas; a pirate. "Yet Pompey the Great deserveth honor more justly for scouring the seas, and taking from the rovers 846 sail of ships."
    • Rover One who wanders about by sea or land; a wanderer; a rambler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rover A robber, especially a sea-robber; a freebooter; a pirate; a forager.
    • n rover One who roves; a wanderer; one who rambles about, or goes at random from point to point.
    • n rover Hence A fickle or inconstant person.
    • n rover In archery: A person shooting at a mark with a longbow and arrow, or shooting merely for distance, the position of the archer being shifted with every shot, and not confined to a staked-out ground. The flight-arrow was used by the rover.
    • n rover An arrow used by a rover. See flight-arrow.
    • n rover An irregular or uncertain point to be aimed at; also, a mark at an uncertain or indefinite distance.
    • n rover In architecture, any member, as a molding, that follows the line of a curve.
    • n rover In croquet: A ball that has gone through all the hoops, and 330 only needs to strike the winning-stake to be out of the game.
    • n rover A player whose ball is in the above condition.
    • n rover To shoot at random, or without any particular aim.
    • rover To shoot at rovers; shoot arrows at other marks than the butt; shoot for height or distance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Rover one who roves: a robber or pirate: a wanderer: an inconstant person: in archery, a person shooting with a long bow and arrow: an arrow used by a rover: an irregular point to be aimed at: in croquet, a ball that has gone through all the hoops
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. roover, a robber. See Rove (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. rover, a robber—Dut. roover, a pirate, rooven, to rob—roof. The verb rove is from the noun roof, plunder.

Usage

In literature:

The rover blithely promised to pay him back in two monthly payments.
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Rovere, Francis Maria della, Duke of Urbino, 153.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
What further reason he may have had for cultivating the friendship of the rover, Pierre Lenoir, will probably show itself in due course.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
Many a boy has gone to sea and become a rover for life under the influence of Marryat's novels.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
As oor respeckit chairman says, I'm no' like Ralph the Rover, sailin' awa' an' scoorin' the sea for mony a day.
"My Man Sandy" by J. B. Salmond
Della Rovere, see Rovere.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
You know," she added as a crowning inducement, "Rover is there.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
Important, too, is the story of supposed Norse sea-rovers hither, derived from certain Icelandic manuscripts of the fourteenth century.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Mr Meyers was now most anxious to rejoin Captain Semmes, or some other rover.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
But he had been a rover in his boyhood himself, and so he said no more.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
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In poetry:

And could such softness veil deceit ?
And could she wrong so true a lover ?
And could the smile that beam'd so sweet,
Be but a false and faithless rover ?
"The Forsaken Husband" by Laura Sophia Temple
You are the echo of songs that are over,
You are the promise of songs that will come,
You know the music, oh, light-winged rover,
Sealed in the souls of the dumb.
"The Robin" by Virna Sheard
Well—tell! Where should I fly to,
Where go to sleep in the dark wood or dell?
Before a day was over,
Home comes the rover,
For mother’s kiss—sweeter this
Than any other thing.
"Wishing" by William Allingham
Have patience for a little space,
You might have come to a worse place,
Fair Angel-rover.
No wonder now you would have stayed,
But hush your cries, my little maid,
The journey's over.
"To A New-Born Child" by William Cosmo Monkhouse
Into the wide world the maid and her lover
Wandered by pathways that sundered them far;
From pine-groves to palm-groves, he flitted a rover,
She tended his roses, and watched for his star.
"He And She" by Frances Fuller Victor
And oh, how we doubt when there's distance 'tween lovers,
When there's naething to speak to the heart thro' the ee;
How often the kindest and warmest prove rovers,
And the love of the faithfullest ebbs like the sea.
"Wandering Willie" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

The well-appointed Range Rover Evoque may masquerade as a luxury vehicle when in the city, but it's tough enough to earn its sport utility stripes once it goes off road.
If you want to power a rover across an alien landscape, solar is the way to go—no fuel tanks required.
NASA's rover Sojourner reached Mars after a 200-million-mile journey but then could travel only about 150 feet before getting stuck and running out of power.
PASADENA, Calif – The Mars rover Curiosity took a first gander around its neighborhood and found it looks just like home, officials said Wednesday.
0 The rock dubbed "Jake Matijevic," above, is under study by the Mars rover Curiosity.
The 2012 Land Rover Defender Special Edition will join the growing list of cool cars that.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Checks In on Foursquare, Aims To Be Mayor of Mars.
This week, as a $2.5 billion rover touched down on the surface of Mars, U.A.A students were watching intently.
The Range Stormer is a high-performance, sports-tourer SUV concept, meant to showcase a future design direction for Land Rover.
Mars Rover's 'voice' captured during nail-biting landing.
Fury over Rover's National Trust deal.
A contract shop produces critical parts for the Curiosity rover that will soon depart for Mars.
NASA's Curiosity rover is scheduled to launch to Mars in November.
Here's Live Coverage of the Mars Rover Landing at 10:31 pm Pacific Time Tonight.
Via BoingBoing, here's a live feed for tonight's landing of the Mars rover Curiosity.
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In science:

To validate the auxiliary hypothesis we ran experiments with the rovers as a loosely coordinated domain.
Decentralized Multi-agent Plan Repair in Dynamic Environments
The case seems stronger now with more recent observations by the Rovers and orbiters.
Astrophysics in 2006
Iagnemma (2008). ―A study of visual and tactile terrain classification and classifier fusion for planetary exploration rovers‖.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
From an outsider’s point of view, these capabilities may not seem to be significantly autonomous, in that all the commands are being sent from Earth, and the MER rovers are merely executing those commands.
Field geology with a wearable computer: 1st results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System
Otherwise, the robotic rover exploration system might drive right past an important scientific target-of-opportunity along the way to the humanchosen scientific point-of-interest.
Field geology with a wearable computer: 1st results of the Cyborg Astrobiologist System
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