1 [reyk]
an agricultural implement with teeth or tines for gathering cut grass, hay, or the like or for smoothing the surface of the ground.
any of various implements having a similar form, as a croupier's implement for gathering in money on a gaming table.
verb (used with object), raked, raking.
to gather, draw, or remove with a rake: to rake dead leaves from a lawn.
to clear, smooth, or prepare with a rake: to rake a garden bed.
to clear (a fire, embers, etc.) by stirring with a poker or the like.
to gather or collect abundantly (usually followed by in ): He marketed his invention and has been raking in money ever since.
to bring to light, usually for discreditable reasons (usually followed by up ): to rake up an old scandal.
to search thoroughly through: They raked the apartment for the missing jewels.
to scrape; scratch: The sword's tip raked his face lightly.
to scoop out (a masonry joint) to a given depth while the mortar is still green.
to fire guns along the length of (a position, body of troops, ship, etc.).
to sweep with the eyes: He raked the horizon with his gaze.
verb (used without object), raked, raking.
to use a rake: The gardener raked along the border of the garden.
to search, as with a rake: His gaze raked over the room.
to scrape; search: She frantically raked through her belongings.
rake over the coals. coal ( def 8 ).

before 900; (noun) Middle English rak(e), Old English raca (masculine), racu (feminine); cognate with German Rechen, Old Norse reka shovel; (v.) Middle English raken, partly derivative of the noun, partly < Old Norse raka to scrape, rake

rakable, rakeable, adjective
raker, noun

8. comb, scour, ransack.
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rake1 (reɪk)
1.  a hand implement consisting of a row of teeth set in a headpiece attached to a long shaft and used for gathering hay, straw, leaves, etc, or for smoothing loose earth
2.  any of several mechanical farm implements equipped with rows of teeth or rotating wheels mounted with tines and used to gather hay, straw, etc
3.  any of various implements similar in shape or function, such as a tool for drawing out ashes from a furnace
4.  the act of raking
5.  (NZ) a line of wagons coupled together as one unit, used on railways
vb (sometimes foll by out) (when intr, foll by against, along etc)
6.  to scrape, gather, or remove (leaves, refuse, etc) with or as if with a rake
7.  to level or prepare (a surface, such as a flower bed) with a rake or similar implement
8.  to clear (ashes, clinker, etc) from (a fire or furnace)
9.  (tr; foll by up or together) to gather (items or people) with difficulty, as from a scattered area or limited supply
10.  (tr; often foll by through, over etc) to search or examine carefully
11.  to scrape or graze: the ship raked the side of the quay
12.  (tr) to direct (gunfire) along the length of (a target): machine-guns raked the column
13.  (tr) to sweep (one's eyes) along the length of (something); scan
[Old English raca; related to Old Norse raka, Old High German rehho a rake, Gothic rikan to heap up, Latin rogus funeral pile]

rake2 (reɪk)
a dissolute man, esp one in fashionable society; roué
[C17: short for rakehell]

rake3 (reɪk)
1.  to incline from the vertical by a perceptible degree, esp (of a ship's mast or funnel) towards the stern
2.  (tr) to construct with a backward slope
3.  the degree to which an object, such as a ship's mast, inclines from the perpendicular, esp towards the stern
4.  theatre the slope of a stage from the back towards the footlights
5.  aeronautics
 a.  the angle between the wings of an aircraft and the line of symmetry of the aircraft
 b.  the angle between the line joining the centroids of the section of a propeller blade and a line perpendicular to the axis
6.  the angle between the working face of a cutting tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the workpiece
7.  a slanting ledge running across a crag in the Lake District
[C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to German ragen to project, Swedish raka]

rake4 (reɪk)
1.  (of gun dogs or hounds) to hunt with the nose to the ground
2.  of hawks
 a.  to pursue quarry in full flight
 b.  (often foll by away) to fly wide of the quarry, esp beyond the control of the falconer
[Old English racian to go forward, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

"toothed tool," O.E. raca "rake," earlier ræce, from P.Gmc. *rak- "gather, heap up" (cf. O.N. reka "spade, shovel," O.H.G. rehho, Ger. Rechen "rake," Goth. rikan "to heap up, collect"). The verb is attested from mid-13c.; of gunfire from c.1630.

"debauchee," 1653, shortening of rakehell (1547), possibly an alteration (by association with rake (1) and Hell) of M.E. rakel (adj.) "hasty, rash, headstrong," probably from raken "to go, proceed," from O.E. racian, of unknown origin. Rakish first recorded 1706.
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