• WordNet 3.6
    • v roost settle down or stay, as if on a roost
    • v roost sit, as on a branch "The birds perched high in the tree"
    • n roost a perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep
    • n roost a shelter with perches for fowl or other birds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bats sleep during the day and feed at night. The place that bats sleep in is called the "roost."
    • Roost A collection of fowls roosting together.
    • Roost Fig.; To lodge; to rest; to sleep. "O, let me where thy roof my soul hath hid,
      O, let me roost and nestle there."
    • n Roost Roast.
    • v. t Roost See Roust v. t.
    • Roost The pole or other support on which fowls rest at night; a perch. "He clapped his wings upon his roost ."
    • Roost To sit, rest, or sleep, as fowls on a pole, limb of a tree, etc.; to perch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Miami, Florida, roosting vultures have taken to snatching poodles from rooftop patios
    • n roost A pole or perch upon which fowls rest at night; any place upon which a bird may perch to rest; also, a locality where birds, as pigeons, habitually spend the night.
    • n roost Hence A temporary abiding- or resting-place.
    • n roost The fowls which occupy such a roost, collectively. A somewhat special application of the word (like rookery, 2) is to the roosts of some perching birds, which assemble in vast numbers, but not to breed, and for no obvious purpose that would not be as well attained without such congregation. Among conspicuous instances may be noted the roosts of the passenger-pigeon, sometimes several miles in extent, and the winter roosts of many thousands of crows (see crow, 2), which in the breeding season are dispersed. It is not generally known that the common robin of the United States sometimes forms such roosts in summer.
    • n roost The inner roof of a cottage, composed of spars reaching from one wall to the other; a garret. Jamieson. [Scotch.]
    • roost To occupy a roost; perch, as a bird.
    • roost To stick or stay upon a resting-place; cling or adhere to a rest, as a limpet on a rock.
    • roost To set or perch, as a bird on a roost: used reflexively.
    • roost See roust.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Roost rōōst a pole or support on which a bird rests at night: a number of fowls resting together:
    • v.i Roost to sit or sleep on a roost
    • n Roost rōōst (Scot.) the inner roof of a cottage
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Rule the roost - If someone rules the roost they are the boss. Example:There's no doubt who rules the roost in this house.
When the chickens come home to roost - When a person pays dearly for something bad he or she did in the past, the chickens come home to roost.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hrōst,; akin to OD. roest, roost, roesten, to roost, and probably to E. roof,. Cf. Roof
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hróst; Dut. roest.


In literature:

But come out of this accursed fly-roost, and we shall show thee a better way than thine.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
Then you c'n let on like you're lookin' fer me because I'd robbed a hen-roost er something, an' that'll get 'em off their guard.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
Gard crept along the slope, and found a roost above the landing-place.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
The crows' nests hung untenanted in the trees; the birds were foraging far away from their roosts.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
On a brown hill-top they met the sunrise, and from a drowsy roosting-place they flushed a flock of greenish birds.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
The girls manifested increasing interest in what they called the Pigeon Roost settlement affair.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
That is, I will if those stupid hens are not roosting so high that I can't get them.
"Bowser The Hound" by Thornton W. Burgess
What's that roosting on that stone wall?
"Over Paradise Ridge" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Injustice comes home to roost, sometimes after an astonishingly long interval.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
Then the hunters came down from their roosts, cut their way into the thicket and examined the dead giant.
"Bears I Have Met--and Others" by Allen Kelly

In poetry:

Long while, alas, she would not yield,
But it was she that rul'd the roost;
Until by proof, she did confess,
If he were gone, her joy was lost.
"A Sweet Contention Between Love, His Mistress, And Beauty" by Nicholas Breton
Two things there are, no doubt you know,
To which a fox is used:
A rooster that is bound to crow,
A crow that's bound to roost;
And whichsoever he espies
He tells the most unblushing lies.
"The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Raven" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Ringdoves roost well within his wood,
shirr songs to suit which mood
he saunters in; how but most glad
could be this adam's woman
when all earth his words do summon
leaps to laud such man's blood!
"Ode For Ted" by Sylvia Plath
The roads also have their wistful rest,
When the weathercocks perch still and roost,
And the looks of men turn kind to clocks
And the trams go empty to their drome.
The streets also dream their dream.
"The Roads Also" by Wilfred Owen
Heart-sick the lords of joyance yawned,
Lord Dusiote laughed heart-free:
I count her as much as a crack o' my thumb,
But, or shame of my manhood, to me she shall come
Like the bird to roost in the tree!
"The Young Princess -- A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love" by George Meredith
Of fields. And burning then
In his firelit island ringed by the winged snow
And the dung hills white as wool and the hen
Roosts sleeping chill till the flame of the cock crow
Combs through the mantled yards and the morning men
"A Winter's Tale" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Steve Keasey, far left, Ravens Roost 124 president, presents a $3,000 check to Les Bishop, second from left, and Jim Mobley, far right, from Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans.
Roost 's services also will make it easier for users to "build and manage engaging customer relationships".
Roost 's website now reads, " Roost by VerticalResponse.".
About Pelicans Roost Chowder House.
Chickens come home to roost By Peg Quann Staff writer
247 Cranes Roost Blvd Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.
Coming Home to Roost .
Where Art & Bed Bugs Roost .
274 Cranes Roost Boulevard Uptown Altamonte Altamonte Springs, FL.
Come and Roost in Downtown.
Snowbirds come 'home' to Roost .
Roost (4529 Springfield Ave.), the fried chicken-and-fixins concept from Mau Daigle and Annie Baum-Stein of West Philly's Milk & Honey Market, is in hibernation.
I suppose there aren't many riders who have had a finger broken by roost on a motocross track.
All sorts of baked goodies can be found daily in Roost 's pastry display, thanks to the early-morning efforts of baker Richard Shopshear.
"Chickens" come home to roost .

In science:

Finally, the vampire bat shares his bloody meal with roost-mates that are close to starvation.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Parasites on a host may comprise such a group, mice in a haystack, birds in a breeding colony, bats using the same roost, etc.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
But the fact is that at ultra-high energies and ultra-high densities the QCD rules the roost, not the gravitation as is obvious from the fact that the coupling constant of the strong nuclear interaction is many orders of magnitude larger than that of the gravitational interaction.
The Genesis of the Big-Bang and Inflation