rove

1 [rohv]
verb (used without object), roved, roving.
1.
to wander about without definite destination; move hither and thither at random, especially over a wide area.
verb (used with object), roved, roving.
2.
to wander over or through; traverse: to rove the woods.
noun
3.
an act or instance of roving.

Origin:
1490–1500; orig., to shoot at a random target; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse rāfa to stray; but compare also Old French raver to roam


1. stroll, amble, stray. See roam.
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rove

2 [rohv]
verb
a simple past tense and past participle of reeve2.

rove

3 [rohv]
verb (used with object), roved, roving.
1.
to form (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) into slightly twisted strands in a preparatory process of spinning.
2.
to draw fibers or the like through an eye or other small opening.
3.
to attenuate, compress, and twist slightly in carding.
noun
4.
British, roving2.

Origin:
1780–90; of obscure origin

reeve

2 [reev]
verb (used with object), rove or reeved, roven or reeved, reeving. Nautical.
1.
to pass (a rope or the like) through a hole, ring, or the like.
2.
to fasten by placing through or around something.
3.
to pass a rope through (the swallow of a block).

Origin:
1620–30; < Dutch reven to reef; see reef2

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reeve1 (riːv)
 
n
1.  English history Compare sheriff the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th century
2.  (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
3.  canadian government (in certain provinces) a president of a local council, esp in a rural area
4.  (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US
 
[Old English gerēva; related to Old High German ruova number, array]

reeve2 (riːv)
 
vb , reeves, reeving, reeved, rove
1.  to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
2.  to fasten by passing through or around something
 
[C17: perhaps from Dutch rēvenreef²]

reeve3 (riːv)
 
n
the female of the ruff (the bird)
 
[C17: of uncertain origin]

rove1 (rəʊv)
 
vb
1.  to wander about (a place) with no fixed direction; roam
2.  (intr) (of the eyes) to look around; wander
3.  have a roving eye to show a widespread amorous interest in the opposite sex
4.  (intr) Australian rules football to play as a rover
 
n
5.  the act of roving
 
[C15 roven (in archery) to shoot at a target chosen at random (C16: to wander, stray), from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rāfa to wander]

rove2 (rəʊv)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to pull out and twist (fibres of wool, cotton, etc) lightly, as before spinning or in carding
 
n
2.  wool, cotton, etc, thus prepared
 
[C18: of obscure origin]

rove3 (rəʊv)
 
n
a metal plate through which a rivet is passed and then clenched over
 
[C15: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic ro]

rove4 (rəʊv)
 
vb
a past tense and past participle of reeve

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Word Origin & History

reeve
"steward," O.E. gerefa, of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Not connected to Ger. Graf (see margrave). An Anglo-Saxon official of high rank, having local jurisdiction under a king. Cf. sheriff.

rove
"to wander with no fixed destination," 1536, possibly a Midlands dialectal variant of northern Eng. and Scottish rave "to wander, stray," from M.E. raven, probably from O.N. rafa "to wander, rove." Infl. by rover (q.v.). Earliest sense was "to shoot arrows at a mark selected at pleasure or at random"
(1474).
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Example sentences
Rove's house is done in soft silks and elegant colors, seafoam and other pale-green shades.
Their voices rove all over the place, not always prettily, but you have to admire the flexibility of their instruments.
Rangers and volunteers rove the trails to help you explore and respond to your questions.
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