• WordNet 3.6
    • v roam move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment "The gypsies roamed the woods","roving vagabonds","the wandering Jew","The cattle roam across the prairie","the laborers drift from one town to the next","They rolled from town to town"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Castaways Travel, a Houston-area travel agency, offers an all-nude flight to Cancun Mexico. Once the plane reaches cruising altitude, you are allowed to take off all your clothes and roam about the cabin
    • n Roam The act of roaming; a wandering; a ramble; as, he began his roam o'er hill and dale.
    • v. i Roam rōm To go from place to place without any certain purpose or direction; to rove; to wander. "He roameth to the carpenter's house.""Daphne roaming through a thorny wood."
    • v. t Roam To range or wander over. "And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant, which escaped and roamed the city. When a Russian commander saw hungry Germans chasing the elephant and trying to kill it, he ordered his troops to protect it and shoot anyone who tried to kill it
    • roam To walk; go; proceed.
    • roam To wander; ramble; rove; walk or move about from place to place without any certain purpose or direction.
    • roam Synonyms Rove, Wander, etc. See ramble.
    • roam To range; wander over: as, to roam the woods.
    • n roam The act of wandering; a ramble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Between April 1st and September 30th it is legal to capture and castrate any horse or donkey that you find roaming around your property.
    • v.i Roam rōm to rove about: to ramble
    • v.t Roam to wander over: to range
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  • Isaac Bickerstaffe
    Isaac Bickerstaffe
    “How happy is the sailor's life, from coast to coast to roam; in every port he finds a wife, in every land a home.”
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    “Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Prepare for death, if here at night you roam, and sign your will before you sup from home.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.”
  • William Cowper
    “How much a dunce that has been sent to roam, excels a dunce that has been kept at home.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “Let none turn over books, or roam the stars in quest of God, who sees him not in man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. romen, ramen,; cf. AS. ārǣman, to raise, rise, D. ramen, to hit, plan, aim, OS. rōmōn, to strive after, OHG. rāmen,. But the word was probably influenced by Rome,; cf. OF. romier, a pilgrim, originally, a pilgrim going to Rome, It. romeo, Sp. romero,. Cf. Ramble


In literature:

She very quickly got tame, roaming about and following us in our walks.
"Golden Moments" by Anonymous
For a time the big fox was lame, but nature soon healed the wound and he was able once more to roam the forest as free as the air itself.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
In light flannel costumes we roamed the hills after moths and butterflies, early and late.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
I am but a hunter, and I roam through the forest looking for deer.
"The Book of Nature Myths" by Florence Holbrook
So far as propriety went, she might roam alone from one end of the world to the other.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They have provided most of the circuses that roam around the world with freaks.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
From Steering his eyes roamed afar toward the Canaan Tigmores.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
But in the winter one cannot roam about.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Her eyes roamed and shifted and her tongue went faster.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
And where the loves flew garlanded, Night-bats roam to and fro!
"Life Immovable" by Kostes Palamas

In poetry:

"Oh where, my God! where shall I roam?
For shelter where shall fly?"
She cried, as wild she sought the home
Where still she wish'd to die.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
Above its bloom the evening stars
Look down at closing of the day,
And in its sweet and shady walks
Winds spent with roaming love to stray,
"In an Old Town Garden" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Within this hush he sleeps; no call
To feel the wild desire to roam
Around the hills he knew, and all
The well-known fields and paths of home.
"Joseph Thomson" by Alexander Anderson
With hymns of angels in His ears,
Back to His task of woe and tears,
Unmurmuring through the world to roam
With not a wish or thought at home:-
"Tuesday In Whitsun-Week" by John Keble
With every gentle smile that crost
Your kindling cheek, you lighted home
Some feeling which my heart had lost
And peace which far had learned to roam.
"Why I Loved You" by Thomas Moore
Her sweet silvery voice no more is heard
In the home where she once roamed;
Her place is vacant around the hearth,
Where her friends are mourning lone.
"Little Libbie" by Julia A Moore

In news:

Gonzalez to roam Fenway's right field .
Roaming in Riverhead rogaine not for turkeys.
Where the cows and the sage grouse roam.
It's official: A giant, marine reptile that roamed the seas roughly 150 million years ago is a new species, researchers say.
He also has small grandchildren roaming his house.
Even in the winter, when snow and ice limited their room to roam, Sill 's parents had a special technique to tire out the energetic brothers.
No country has as many free-roaming dogs as India, and no country suffers as much from them.
Local quintet swirls, swoons, roars and roams.
Is it possible to provide roaming user profiles specifically for user credentials such as certificates, private keys, user names, and passwords.
Staid Yuan Roams as China Lets Out Slack.
Roaming the Streets, Taking Surreal Turns.
Iran Nazario roams the crack alleys of the Charter Oak Terrace projects, scouting figures in the shadows.
The loose chimps caused a stir in northwest Las Vegas for nearly two hours, with police warning residents through Twitter not to leave their vehicles or homes and to avoid the area where the "dangerous" primates were roaming free.
This may be the last September where young students roam the halls at Van Buren Elementary School.
5 Tips for Saving Money On Global Roaming.

In science:

This definition eliminates systems with “rattlers” (freely roaming caged particles) in the infinite-volume limit.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
Tuatara is the last remaining member of the ancient group of reptiles Sphenodontia, the only survivor of a large group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the time of dinosaurs.
Natural Halting Probabilities, Partial Randomness, and Zeta Functions
In the present section, we study the statistics of flows of lazy random walkers roaming in the compact city patterns.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
Due to the numerous junctions and the highly entangled meshes of city street and canals, the random walkers loss their ways and it takes long time for them to cross a city roaming randomly along the streets.
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
But, when misinterpreted in this particular way, “roaming freely” makes for a perfect backdrop to highlight the most spectacular discovery made at RHIC, namely that of the “perfect QGP liquid”.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme