• WordNet 3.6
    • v rouse cause to become awake or conscious "He was roused by the drunken men in the street","Please wake me at 6 AM."
    • v rouse cause to be agitated, excited, or roused "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"
    • v rouse force or drive out "The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M."
    • v rouse become active "He finally bestirred himself"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rouse A bumper in honor of a toast or health.
    • Rouse A carousal; a festival; a drinking frolic. "Fill the cup, and fill the can,
      Have a rouse before the morn."
    • Rouse To awake from sleep or repose. "Morpheus rouses from his bed."
    • Rouse To be exited to thought or action from a state of indolence or inattention.
    • Rouse To cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to rouse a deer or other animal of the chase. "Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes.""Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound."
    • Rouse To excite to lively thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions. "To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in Christendom."
    • Rouse To get or start up; to rise. "Night's black agents to their preys do rouse ."
    • v. i. & t Rouse rouz or rous (Naut) To pull or haul strongly and all together, as upon a rope, without the assistance of mechanical appliances.
    • Rouse To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate. "Blustering winds, which all night long
      Had roused the sea."
    • Rouse To raise; to make erect.
    • Rouse To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or suddenly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rouse To cause to start up by noise or clamor, especially from sleep; startle into movement or activity; in hunting, to drive or frighten from a lurking-place or covert.
    • rouse To raise or waken from torpor or inaction by any means; provoke to activity; wake or stir up: said of animate beings.
    • rouse To evoke a commotion in or about: said of inanimate things.
    • rouse Hence To move or stir up vigorously by direct force; use energetic means for raising, stirring, or moving along. In this sense still sometimes written rowse.
    • rouse To raise up; erect; rear; fix in an elevated position.
    • rouse To put and turn over or work about in salt, as fish in the operation of rousing; roil.
    • rouse Nautical, to haul heavily.
    • rouse Synonyms and To animate, kindle, stimulate, provoke, stir up.
    • rouse To start or rise up, as from sleep, repose, or inaction; throw off torpor or quietude; make a stir or movement.
    • rouse To rise; become erect; stand up.
    • rouse Nautical, to haul with great force, as upon a cable or the like.
    • n rouse An arousing; a sudden start or movement, as from torpor or inaction; also, a signal for arousing or starting up; the reveille.
    • rouse As if suddenly aroused; rousingly; vehemently.
    • n rouse Wine or other liquor considered as an inducement to mirth or drunkenness; a full glass; a bumper.
    • n rouse Hence Noise; intemperate mirth.
    • rouse Same as roose.
    • rouse To blow air through (the wort of beer) in order to aid in the development of the yeast.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rouse rowz to raise up: to stir up: to awaken: to excite to anything: to put into action: to startle or start, as an animal: to work about in salt, to roil
    • v.i Rouse to awake: to be excited to action
    • n Rouse the reveille
    • adv Rouse (obs.) vehemently
    • n Rouse rowz a carousal: a bumper.
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.”
  • John Dryden
    “Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.”
  • William Ellery Channing
    “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “You have not found your place until all your faculties are roused, and your whole nature consents and approves of the work you are doing.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. roes, drunkeness, icel. rūss, Sw. rus, G. rauchen, and also E. rouse, v.t., rush, v.i. Cf. Row a disturbance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. rus, drunkenness, Ice. rúss; cf. Dut. roes, Ger. rausch.


In literature:

It seemed to fix him, sting him, rouse him to self-command.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
But this high-handed treatment roused all the determination that Algitha had inherited from her father.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
To rouse her hopes to-night only to dash them again to-morrow would be cruel policy.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
With a start he roused himself.
"Half a Hero" by Anthony Hope
The tingling pain of returning circulation roused him like a stimulant.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Then, in a moment, all the truth in her, the woman, roused into active purpose.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He was roused from his thoughts by the sound of horses trampling on the gravel sweep outside.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Both sisters were roused from their brief slumbers by a loud tapping at their door.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Prosp'rous at least hereafter, who art held At present in the bonds of num'rous ills.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
His curiosity roused, Alan crept closer still to the trees, but the undergrowth prevented his seeing any distance.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various

In poetry:

And though thy coming rouse
The sleep-cry of no bird,
The keepers of the house
Shall tremble at thy word.
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
His cov'nant, which he kept in mind
For num'rous ages past,
To num'rous ages yet behind
In equal force shall last.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts
Triumphant now she rides
Upon the treach'rous waves,
Nor knows she thus securely glides
Towards the place of graves.
"Enigma XXVIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
'Twas summer-tide—the rose was blushing,
The songs of birds and streams were gushing,
Young zeyphr's wing the leaves was brushing,
That slept beneath its slumb'rous hushing.
"Reminiscences of The "Hie Toon" of Hamilton Sixty Years Ago" by Janet Hamilton
We all of us, before we first drew breath,
Were doom'd for guilty Adam's sins to death,
And must from Christ get his assisting grace,
Ere one is sav'd of all the num'rous race.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Wooing for aye, the cold unam'rous sod,
Whose growth for them still meant a master's rod;
Tearing her bosom for the wealth that gave
The strength that made the toiler still a slave.
"To The South" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Not me I slept right through it, although the 20-second shaking roused my husband, son and the family dog.
Tallgrass turns 10 The rousing documentary 'Pablo' kicks off the film festival on Thursday.
T Charles Erickson Mercedes Ruehl and Bess Rous in " The How and The Why " at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.
The 37 graduates of the Firth High School class of 2012 received a rousing sendoff at their ceremony Thursday evening.
They are oftentimes to rouse our stubborn sins to the surface, where we ca...
Flight 1 1st Gross Randy Rouse 34 2nd.
President Obama's Change at the Top: Out Goes Rahm, In Comes Rouse.
Bengals reciever Chad Ochoconco is brought down by Aaron Rouse (37) and Jarrett Bush.
The Smooth Sounds of Josh Rouse.
The once-renegade sport of snowboarding crashed into the Olympic mainstream in rousing fashion today as Ross Rebagliati of Canada shredded his way through heavy fog to win the gold medal in the men's giant slalom.
Warney 3-6 2-4 8, McAlister 1-5 0-0 2, Brenton 4-9 4-6 12, Jackson 4-7 2-2 13, Coley 4-12 4-4 13, Bracey 0-2 0-0 0, Puriefoy 1-3 0-0 3, Rouse 0-1 0-0 0, Hayes 1-6 0-0 3, Mayo 2-5 0-1 4, King 0-0 2-2 2.
Passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at the Rouse Warren County Home.
Critics of proposed amendments, which would head for a vote in 2014, say they're just meant to rouse GOP's base More.
Ron Barber walked through the door of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' Tucson office to a rousing cheer.

In science:

PEO chains The neutron scattering and MD simulation data of 35%PEO/65%PMMA summarized in the above clearly demonstrate at times shorter than about 1 ns that the relaxation is describable by the Rouse model, independent of T and Q chosen for the studies.
Coupling model analysis of interchain coupled chain dynamics of PEO in blends with PMMA
However, beyond 1 ns, it is slowed down and departs from Rouse dynamics.
Coupling model analysis of interchain coupled chain dynamics of PEO in blends with PMMA
The Q-γ-dependence of τ(T,Q) at 300 and 350 K in Fig.4b with γ=6.6 and 5.6 respectively Fig.4b deviates greatly from γ=4 of Rouse dynamics which is valid for t≤ tc≈1 ns. Brodeck et al. have shown the anomalous Q-γ-dependence of τ(T,Q) at 300 and 350 K can be explained by assuming Gaussian behavior of PEO chain.
Coupling model analysis of interchain coupled chain dynamics of PEO in blends with PMMA
As a result all Rouse mode variables relax independently.
Dynamics of a polymer test chain in a glass forming matrix: The Hartree Approximation
Rouse modes do not decouple and one have to go back to eq. (33).
Dynamics of a polymer test chain in a glass forming matrix: The Hartree Approximation