• WordNet 3.6
    • adj roving migratory "a restless mobile society","the nomadic habits of the Bedouins","believed the profession of a peregrine typist would have a happy future","wandering tribes"
    • n roving travelling about without any clear destination "she followed him in his wanderings and looked after him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Roving A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and slightly twisted; a rove. See 2d Rove, 2.
    • n Roving The act of one who roves or wanders.
    • Roving The operatin of forming the rove, or slightly twisted sliver or roll of wool or cotton, by means of a machine for the purpose, called a roving frame, or roving machine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n roving The act of rambling or wandering.
    • n roving Archery as practised by a rover. See rover, 4.
    • n roving The process of giving the first twist to yarn, or of forming a rove.
    • n roving A slightly twisted sliver of carded fiber, as wool or cotton; a rove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Roving the act of wandering
    • ns Roving the process of giving the first twist to yarn: a slightly twisted sliver of carded fibre
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a variant of reeve or of rive.


In literature:

The Indians, in numerous bands, as hunters and as warriors, were roving these wilds.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
Her mind was already far away, roving over her plans for the children.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
Say, was she clasped by mountain roving Pan?
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
The stewardess allowed her roving eye to alight for a moment on the two objects beneath the rug.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
His eyes roved back, from the mainland to the hut.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Dick's eyes roved in vain, seeking a glimpse of the Ojibway girl.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Winning back to paths of virtue all who now in error rove.
"Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851" by Various
His was in the nature of a roving commission, and yet he must not rove too far.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Although Owen's wild roving nature had caused Rowland much anxiety, still he had perfect confidence in his honest, open character.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
And as he was roving about for gathering flowers, the Danavas beheld him.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"

In poetry:

What have I done, or tried, or said
In thanks to that dear woman dead?
Men triumph over women still,
Men trample women’s rights at will.
And man’s lust roves the world untamed.
"C.L.M." by John Masefield
I bid mine image dwell,
(Oh! break not thou the spell!)
In the deep wood and by the fountain-side;
Thou must not, my belov'd!
Rove where we two have rov'd,
Forgetting her that in her spring-time died!
"The Last Wish" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Dost thou dream of hunts of old,
In the spangled tropic night,
When, unconquered, uncontrolled,
Roving in thy unchecked might,
Beasts would shrink that came to drink —
Shrink and shudder with affright?
"The Caged Monarch" by Cicely Fox Smith
We'll go no more a-roving by the light of the moon.
If yet we walk together, we need not shun the noon.
No sweet thing left to savour, no sad thing left to fear,
We'll go no more a-roving, but weep at home, my dear.
"We'll go No More A-Roving" by William Ernest Henley
'Twas when the dawn of mornin' began to stir i'th sky,
I donned mysel' to wander Afore the dew wur dry;
To wander in the gay greenwood, reet early I did rove,—
I could not sleep upon my bed for thinkin' of my love.
"The Garland" by Edwin Waugh
And the dark, handsome Bee, with his cloak o'er his shoulder,
Came swift through the sunlight and kissed the sad Rose,
And whispered: "My darling, I've roved the world over,
And you are the loveliest flower that grows."
"The Gossips" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

High humidity with roving rains from Isaac's remnants.
Roving Players go big — as in laughs — with 'Twelfth Night'.
A Roving Percussionist On The Big Easy's Busy Streets.
More than a roving Curiosity.
Karl Rove Should Be Fired.
Chuck Schumer thinks Sheldon Adelson should go Donald Trump on Karl Rove.
New Roving Science Lab Charts A Course For Mars.
Karl Rove says outside groups can't play defense.
Sightseer Reacts to Rove News.
Here is Chad Shepard, a 23-year-old Maryland resident who was sightseeing in DC today with some friends, and who was pleased with the news of Karl Rove's imminent departure.
The corresponding resignations this month of Karl Rove and Tom Shea provide an interesting comparison.
Political groups associated with Karl Rove, a one-time top lieutenant to President more.
This week, Luke says Mitt Romney and Karl Rove are a couple of uncool tools.
Karl Rove Bum Rushed at Book Signing, Branded " War Criminal " by Protestors.
Did Karl Rove earn any money from American Crossroads.

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