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Definition of rove:

  1. A copper washer upon which the end of a nail is clinched in boat building.
  2. A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and slighty twisted, preparatory to further process; a roving.
  3. Hence, to wander; to ramble; to rauge; to go, move, or pass without certain direction in any manner, by sailing, walking, riding, flying, or otherwise.
  4. of Reeve
  5. The act of wandering; a ramble.
  6. To draw out into flakes; to card, as wool.
  7. To draw through an eye or aperture.
  8. To plow into ridges by turning the earth of two furrows together.
  9. To practice robbery on the seas; to wander about on the seas in piracy.
  10. To shoot at rovers; hence, to shoot at an angle of elevation, not at point- blank ( rovers usually being beyond the point- blank range).
  11. To twist slightly; to bring together, as slivers of wool or cotton, and twist slightly before spinning.
  12. To wander over or through.


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