• WordNet 3.6
    • v rove 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
    • Rove A copper washer upon which the end of a nail is clinched in boat building.
    • Rove A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and slighty twisted, preparatory to further process; a roving.
    • Rove Hence, to wander; to ramble; to rauge; to go, move, or pass without certain direction in any manner, by sailing, walking, riding, flying, or otherwise. "For who has power to walk has power to rove ."
    • n Rove The act of wandering; a ramble. "In thy nocturnal rove one moment halt."
    • Rove To draw out into flakes; to card, as wool.
    • Rove To draw through an eye or aperture.
    • Rove To plow into ridges by turning the earth of two furrows together.
    • Rove To practice robbery on the seas; to wander about on the seas in piracy.
    • Rove (Archery) To shoot at rovers; hence, to shoot at an angle of elevation, not at point-blank (rovers usually being beyond the point-blank range). "Fair Venus' son, that with thy cruel dart
      At that good knight so cunningly didst rove ."
    • Rove To twist slightly; to bring together, as slivers of wool or cotton, and twist slightly before spinning.
    • Rove To wander over or through. "Roving the field, I chanced
      A goodly tree far distant to behold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rove To wander at pleasure or without definite aim; pass the time in going about freely; range at random, or as accident or fancy may determine; roam; ramble.
    • rove To aim, as in archery or other sport, especially at some accidental or casual mark. See roving mark, below.
    • rove To act the rover; lead a wandering life of robbery, especially on the high seas; rob.
    • rove To have rambling thoughts; be in a delirium; rave; be light-headed; hence, to be in high spirits; be full of fun and frolic. [Scotch.]
    • rove Synonyms Roam, Wander, etc. See ramble, v.
    • rove To wander over; roam about.
    • rove To discharge or shoot, as an arrow, at rovers, or in roving. See rover, 5.
    • rove To plow into ridges, as a field, by turning one furrow upon another.
    • n rove The act of roving; a ramble; a wandering.
    • rove To draw through an eye or aperture; bring, as wool or cotton, into the form which it receives before being spun into thread; card into flakes. as wool, etc.; slub; sliver.
    • rove To draw out into thread; ravel out.
    • n rove A roll of wool, cotton, etc., drawn out and slightly twisted; a slub.
    • n rove A diamond-shaped washer placed over the end of a rove clench-nail, which is riveted down upon it.
    • n rove Preterit and past participle of reeve.
    • n rove An obsolete form of roof.
    • n rove A unit of weight, the arroba, formerly used in England. The arroba was 25 pounds of Castile, and in England 25 pounds avoirdupois was called a rove. The arroba in Portugal contained 32 pounds.
    • rove In mech., to turn; make round: said particularly of turning stone: as, to rove a millstone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rove rōv to wander over: to plough into ridges
    • v.i Rove to wander about: to ramble: to range: to aim, as in archery, at some casual mark: to be light-headed: to be full of fun
    • n Rove a wandering
    • v.t Rove rōv to draw through an eye: to bring wool into the form it receives before being spun into thread: to ravel out thread: to undo what has been knit: to card
    • n Rove a roll of wool or cotton drawn out and twisted
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  • Lord Byron
    “No more we meet in yonder bowers Absence has made me prone to roving; But older, firmer hearts than ours, Have found monotony in loving.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. rooven, to rob; akin to E. reave,. See Reave Rob


In literature:

Occasionally his eyes roved to the portrait of his wife, and a melancholy, unreadable smile broke the severe line of his lips.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
His roving eyes alighted upon Thompson with a reminiscent gleam.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
But to me this world is a not unknown wood where roves, alive and insolent, my utter enemy!
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
He was tall, strong, young, bearded, with a roving, humorous bold eye.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
All that I have is at your service; yet 'tis only lately that lads have been allowed to rove past curfew time.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
Dalgard had qualified as a master bowman before he had first gone roving.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
My glances, which roved with swiftness from one object to another, shortly lighted on a miniature portrait that hung near.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
A guitar in its case in a corner of the room had caught his roving eye.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
Then I started to rove again.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

A breeze that roves o'er stream and hill,
Telling of winter gone,
Hath such sweet falls?yet caught we still
A farewell in its tone.
"Edith: A Tale Of The Woods" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
My fancy sails with each and all,
Unleashed, untrammeled, unconfined;
There is no bond, there is no thrall,
Can chain the roving mind!
"A Sea Rover" by Clinton Scollard
Seest thou, how tearful and alone,
And drooping like a wounded dove,
The Cross in sight, but Jesus gone,
The widowed Church is fain to rove?
"St. Simon And St. Jude" by John Keble
And when, alone, at eve you rove,
Where arm in arm we oft have mov'd,
Each Zephyr in the well-known grove
Shall whisper that we once have lov'd.
"Lines To Selina" by Sir John Carr
Vision of beauty, vision of love,
Follow me, follow me over the earth;
Ne'er leave me, bright shadow, wherever I rove,
For dead is my soul to the accents of mirth.
"The Mistress - Versified" by Charlotte Dacre
They hear me not—alas! how fond to rove
In endless chase of folly's specious lure!
'Tis here alone, beneath this shady grove,
I taste the sweets of truth—here only am secure.
"God Neither Known Nor Loved" by William Cowper

In news:

Karl Rove and Company's " Sucker-Punch " Ad Strategy.
According to Rove, all one needs to do to suppress the vote is run some negative ads.
Dukes County engineer is a roving multi- tasker .
Image of Karl Rove by chicagopublicmedia/Flickr.
Microchip Technology Inc announced the integration of its Wi-Fi modules from the recent Roving Networks acquisition into its flexible, modular Explorer development systems supporting all of its 8-, 16- and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers.
Roving dogs have Little Rock pet and livestock owners nervous for the safety of their animals.
I was surprised to see Karl Rove's latest article in the Wall Street (on Friday).
When Karl Rove and Mike Gerson hate on Obama, they're hating on themselves.
Roving Players go big — as in laughs — with ' Twelfth Night '.
Roving Players go big — as in laughs — with 'Twelfth Night'.
Not So Fast, Karl Rove.
Karl Rove's got nothing on the boys from Bristol.
This week he's reopening as a roving enterprise.
Karl Rove Called " War Criminal " at Book Signing.
Karl Rove, the former chief of staff to President George W Bush, held a discussion Monday night in Beverly Hills, California to promote his new book, "Courage and Consequences".

In science:

This prevents in particular, the use of quantum field theory methods which p roved so successful for static traps.
Trapping of a random walk by diffusing traps
The ”support” property p roved in Theorem 10 characterizes ωωω-n-convexity.
Some properties of generalized higher-order convexity
In the non-constant coefficient case a similar result can be p roved.
Generic Tropical Varieties on Subvarieties and in the Non-constant Coefficient Case
Corollary 3 was p roved earlier withou t uniqueness by Lions and Pacella [LP, Thm. 1.1].
The Levy-Gromov Isoperimetric Inequality in Convex Manifolds with Boundary