• WordNet 3.6
    • v rave praise enthusiastically "She raved about that new restaurant"
    • v rave talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
    • v rave participate in an all-night techno dance party
    • n rave an extravagantly enthusiastic review "he gave it a rave"
    • n rave a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played "raves are very popular in Berlin"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rave rāv imp. of Rive.
    • n Rave One of the upper side pieces of the frame of a wagon body or a sleigh.
    • Rave To rush wildly or furiously.
    • Rave To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; -- followed by about of, or on; as, he raved about her beauty. "The hallowed scene
      Which others rave of, though they know it not."
    • v. t Rave To utter in madness or frenzy; to say wildly; as, to rave nonsense.
    • Rave To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging, as a madman. "In our madness evermore we rave .""Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast?""The mingled torrent of redcoats and tartans went raving down the valley to the gorge of Killiecrankie."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rave To talk like a madman; speak with delirious or passionate extravagance; declaim madly or irrationally; rage in speech.
    • rave To talk about something with exaggerated earnestness, and usually with little judgment or coherence; declaim enthusiastically, immoderately, or ignorantly.
    • rave To produce a brawling or turbulent sound; move or act boisterously: used of the action of the elements.
    • rave To utter in frenzy; say in a wild and excited manner.
    • rave An obsolete preterit of rive.
    • rave To rive.
    • rave Same as reave, 3.
    • rave To tear up; pull or tear the thatch or covering from (a house): same as reave, 4.
    • n rave A tearing; a hole or opening made by tearing out or away: as, a rave in an old building.
    • n rave One of the side pieces of the body of a wagon or other vehicle.
    • n rave A turnip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Rave rāv to be mad: to be wild or raging, like a madman: to talk irrationally
    • v.t Rave to utter wildly
    • adj Rave delirious: distracted
    • n Rave rāv one of the side pieces of a wagon.
    • Rave rāv old pa.t. of rive.
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  • Lord Byron
    “Who loves, raves.”
  • Madonna
    “Everyone probably thinks that I'm a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I'd rather read a book.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rêver, to rave, to be delirious, to dream; perhaps fr. L. rabere, to rave, rage, be mad or furious. Cf. Rage Reverie


In literature:

Were you so raving mad for Fool and Husband, you must take up with the next ready Coxcomb.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
By that time most of the liquor had come down out of Culpepper's brain, but he was still muddled and raved at times.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
Speculation became madness; and riotous commercialism had its little hour of strut and rave.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
I say, the captain's regularly raving, ain't he?
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
The Queen was calm and gentle; but Madame Schwellenberg raved like a maniac in the incurable ward of Bedlam!
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
We can't leave that poor girl there alone with a raving maniac!
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
She thought he was raving.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
She was raving crazy, and in her rambling talk she said something about Frank Johnson having died last night.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
It must be something dreadful, or my master would not be raving so profanely.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
At one time he raved and blasphemed, and at another howled and tore his hair.
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various

In poetry:

And then what life I have,
While Sinne doth rave,
And falsely boast,
That I may seek, but thou art lost; Thou and alone thou know'st.
"A Parodie" by George Herbert
But wol they stamped, an' raved, an' swore,
An' vented aght ther spleen,
Th' childer wor thrang enough, you're sure,
All plaisterd up to th' een.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
Thereon some weep, some rave, some scorn,
Some wish they never had been born;
Some humble grow at last and still,
And then God gives them what they will.
"The Giver" by George MacDonald
The yellow grass grows on my sister's grave;
Her room is dark—she is not there;
I feel the rain, and hear the wild wind rave—
My tears, and my despair.
"The House" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
So, of his lot take heed; I wot
If you aspire to fame,
Don't waste a tune on horse or moon,
But rave of Whatsitsname;
It's tame,
But still it's Whatsitsname.
"The Mystic" by C J Dennis
And did I not hear a fiend-like scream
Mingling its grief with the raving storm ?
And does not the lightning's zig-zag gleam
Give to my eye-sight a ghostly form ?
"The Murderer" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

INTERVIEWS Watch TNGHT's Paint- Spattered , Rave-Hop 'Bugg'n' Video.
It opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 1939 and has enjoyed quite a number of New York and London revivals.
We've raved about Emma Stone before, but we just can't help ourselves.
Darton's new student center gets rave reviews.
How do you get him to admit that he's gone stark raving mad.
Salty Road draws raves for its artisinal taffy .
"Fantastic," raved the director, whose film "Slide" was one of the competing entries in the fourth KAFI.
No apologies for rave-rocking as the band tours to promote 'Mylo Xyloto'.
More rave reviews for safety Anthony Nixon, who stepped up in light of Matt Robinson's groin injury, which kept him out.
My salute, then, to the guy at a book-signing who, upon discovering I also moonlight as this rag's food editor, began raving about TOKYO TERIYAKI in Buena Park.
Rave all you want about Rover's, Lampreia, and Harvest Vine.
The louder the music, the more fans rave.
O my goddess, there's gonna be a yoga rave.
A LOOK AT THE COWBOYS' UNPRODUCTIVE ROOKIE CLASS: Back in April, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett raved about the seven players his team took in the NFL Draft.
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros manager Cecil Cooper didn't want to talk about anything or anyone else Thursday night before raving about Wandy Rodriguez.

In science:

A Bayesian approach to the determination of stellar distances from photometric and spectroscopic data is presented and tested both on pseudodata, designed to mimic data for stars observed by the RAVE survey, and on the real stars from the Geneva-Copenhagen survey.
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique
An example of such a sample is the RAVE survey, which is in many ways complementary to the SDSS sample.
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique
On account of its magnitude range, the RAVE sample contains a non-negligible number of giants.
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique
In order to test the consistency of the method, a fake data set was generated to mimic the sample observed by RAVE.
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique
Using more points than this was found to give negligible improvement in results, since the actual spread for each ([M/H], log τ , M) value is extremely small due to the tiny values of σJ in the 2MASS survey (∼ 0.023 mag, Skrutskie et al. 2006), and correspondingly in the RAVE sample.
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique