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rove1

[rohv] /roʊv/
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
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
Synonyms
1. stroll, amble, stray. See roam.

rove2

[rohv] /roʊv/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of reeve2 .

rove3

[rohv] /roʊv/
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

reeve2

[reev] /riv/
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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British Dictionary definitions for rove

rove1

/rəʊv/
verb
1.
to wander about (a place) with no fixed direction; roam
2.
(intransitive) (of the eyes) to look around; wander
3.
have a roving eye, to show a widespread amorous interest in the opposite sex
4.
(intransitive) (Australian rules football) to play as a rover
noun
5.
the act of roving
Word Origin
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/
verb
1.
(transitive) to pull out and twist (fibres of wool, cotton, etc) lightly, as before spinning or in carding
noun
2.
wool, cotton, etc, thus prepared
Word Origin
C18: of obscure origin

rove3

/rəʊv/
noun
1.
a metal plate through which a rivet is passed and then clenched over
Word Origin
C15: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic ro

rove4

/rəʊv/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of reeve2

reeve1

/riːv/
noun
1.
(English history) the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th century Compare sheriff
2.
(in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
3.
(government:Canada) (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
Word Origin
Old English gerēva; related to Old High German ruova number, array

reeve2

/riːv/
verb (transitive) (nautical) reeves, reeving, reeved, rove (rəʊv)
1.
to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
2.
to fasten by passing through or around something
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Dutch rēvenreef²

reeve3

/riːv/
noun
1.
the female of the ruff (the bird)
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for rove
v.

"to wander with no fixed destination," 1530s (earliest sense was "to shoot arrows at a mark selected at pleasure or at random," late 15c.); possibly a Midlands dialectal variant of northern English and Scottish rave "to wander, stray," from Middle English raven, probably from Old Norse rafa "to wander, rove" (cf. rave (v.)). Influenced by rover, if not a back-formation from it. Related: Roved; roving.

reeve

n.

"steward," Old English gerefa "king's officer," of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Not connected to German Graf (see margrave). An Anglo-Saxon official of high rank, having local jurisdiction under a king. Cf. sheriff.

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