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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.

Synonyms:

meander, swan, cheat on, aver, plod, cast off, see, disgorge, roll up, gaze, swerve, sick, order, stare, rank, veer, straddle, mold, upchuck, lay out, divagate, go astray, roam, run, wind, hurtle, shed, puke, roll out, throw, retch, inspect, honk, regurgitate, contrive, drop, deviate, graze, vomit, put, pasture, regorge, gad, frame, swear, err, step, digress, wander, jog, examine, assert, thread, cheat, hustle, stride, look, slog, barf, throw up, look around, project, tramp, grade, twine, couch, turn over, saunter, browse, cast, drift, roll, revolve, throw away, weave, footslog, peregrinate, range, purge, ramble, draw, be sick, blow, crop, verify, shake off, wrap, move, chuck, vomit up, vagabond, flap, rate, avow, redact, check on, place, take in, spew, trudge, array, undulate, betray, ramble on, traipse, gallivant, spue, seethe, wave, affirm, pad, wheel, hurl, set out, cat, freewheel, diverge, cuckold, float, throw off, pluck, mould, be adrift, survey, stray.

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