rove

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Middle English *roven, a Midlands variant of Northern Middle English raven (to wander), from Old Norse ráfa (to rove; stray about). Cognate with Icelandic ráfa (to wander), Scots rave (to wander; stray; roam).

Verb[edit]

rove (third-person singular simple present roves, present participle roving, simple past and past participle roved)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To shoot with arrows (at).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene I.3:
      And thou [] that with thy cruell dart / At that good knight so cunningly didst roue []
  2. (intransitive) To roam, or wander about at random, especially over a wide area.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 1
      Now that he was in his prime, there was no simian in all the mighty forest through which he roved that dared contest his right to rule, nor did the other and larger animals molest him.
  3. (transitive) To roam or wander through.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Roving the field, I chanced / A goodly tree far distant to behold.
  4. (transitive) To card wool or other fibres.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jamieson to this entry?)
  5. To twist slightly; to bring together, as slivers of wool or cotton, and twist slightly before spinning.
  6. To draw through an eye or aperture.
  7. To plough into ridges by turning the earth of two furrows together.
  8. To practice robbery on the seas; to voyage about on the seas as a pirate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hakluyt to this entry?)
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Noun[edit]

rove (plural roves)

  1. A copper washer upon which the end of a nail is clinched in boatbuilding.
  2. A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and lightly twisted, preparatory to further processing; a roving.
  3. The act of wandering; a ramble.
    • (Can we date this quote by Young and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      In thy nocturnal rove one moment halt.

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected forms.

Verb[edit]

rove

  1. simple past tense of rive
  2. simple past tense of reeve

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rove

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of roven

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rove

  1. Small container made of birch bark.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of rove (Kotus type 48/hame, p-v gradation)
nominative rove ropeet
genitive ropeen ropeiden
ropeitten
partitive rovetta ropeita
illative ropeeseen ropeisiin
ropeihin
singular plural
nominative rove ropeet
accusative nom. rove ropeet
gen. ropeen
genitive ropeen ropeiden
ropeitten
partitive rovetta ropeita
inessive ropeessa ropeissa
elative ropeesta ropeista
illative ropeeseen ropeisiin
ropeihin
adessive ropeella ropeilla
ablative ropeelta ropeilta
allative ropeelle ropeille
essive ropeena ropeina
translative ropeeksi ropeiksi
instructive ropein
abessive ropeetta ropeitta
comitative ropeineen
Possessive forms of rove (type hame)
possessor singular plural
1st person ropeeni ropeemme
2nd person ropeesi ropeenne
3rd person ropeensa

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