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roving1

[roh-ving] /ˈroʊ vɪŋ/
adjective
1.
roaming or wandering.
2.
not assigned or restricted to any particular location, area, topic, etc.:
a roving editor.
3.
not assigned to any particular diplomatic post but having a special mission:
a roving ambassador.
Origin of roving1
1590-1600
1590-1600; rove1 + -ing2
Related forms
rovingly, adverb
rovingness, noun

roving2

[roh-ving] /ˈroʊ vɪŋ/
noun
1.
a soft strand of fiber that has been twisted, attenuated, and freed of foreign matter preparatory to its conversion into yarn.
2.
the final phase of carding, in which this is done.
Origin
1785-95; rove3 + -ing1

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; 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
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  • McTurk ambled round the corner, with a roving eye on all possible horizons.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • My roving excursion this day had fatigued my body, and diverted my imagination.

  • Kajana's old mind was roving after other matters, to him more important than Spearman or the beautiful lost ship from Earth.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • On the other hand, the quick, roving eye of the scout seldom rested.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Her helpless gaze, roving wildly from face to face, and resting nowhere, was like the gaze of a small animal caught in a trap.

    Life and Gabriella Ellen Glasgow
British Dictionary definitions for roving

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
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Word Origin and History for roving

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.

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