from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To search thoroughly by handling, turning over, or disarranging the contents of.
- transitive v. To discover by searching thoroughly.
- intransitive v. To make an energetic, usually hasty search.
- n. A thorough search among a number of things.
- n. A confusion of miscellaneous articles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to arrange (cargo, goods, etc.) in the hold of a ship; to move or rearrange such goods.
- v. to search a vessel for smuggled goods.
- v. to search something which contains many items hastily by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
- v. to search something thoroughly and with disregard for the way in which things were arranged
- v. to hastily search for something in a confined space and among many items by carelessly turning things over or pushing things aside.
- n. commotion; disturbance
- n. a thorough search, usually resulting in a disorder
- n. an unorganized collection of miscellaneous objects; a jumble
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place or room for the stowage of cargo in a ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and moving about of packages incident to close stowage; -- formerly written romage.
- n. A searching carefully by looking into every corner, and by turning things over.
- transitive v. To make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close stowage; to stow closely; to pack; -- formerly written roomage, and romage.
- transitive v. To search or examine thoroughly by looking into every corner, and turning over or removing goods or other things; to examine, as a book, carefully, turning over leaf after leaf.
- intransitive v. To search a place narrowly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To adjust the roomage or capacity of (a ship) with reference to the cargo; arrange or stow the cargo of (a ship) in the hold; especially, to clear by the removal of goods: as, to rummage a ship.
- To move to and fro the contents of, as in a search; ransack; hunt through; explore: as, to rummage a trunk.
- To set in motion; stir; hence, specifically, to mix by stirring or some other form of agitation: as, to rummage a liquid.
- To bring to light by searching.
- To arrange or stow the cargo of a ship in the hold.
- To search narrowly, especially by moving about and looking among the things in the place searched; execute a search.
- To make a stir, bustle, or disturbance.
- n. The act of rummaging, in any sense; the act of searching a place, especially by turning over the contents.
- n. A stirring or bustling about; a disturbance; an upheaval.
- n. Lumber; rubbish. Halliwell. [Prov. Eng.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a jumble of things to be given away
- n. a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion)
- v. search haphazardly
From earlier romage, act of packing cargo, from French arrumage, from Old French, from arumer, to stow, from Old Provençal arumar : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + perhaps run, ship's hold (of Germanic origin; see reuə- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French arrumage (confer French arrimage), from arrumera ("to arrange the cargo in the hold") (confer French arrimer). Confer Spanish arrumar. (Wiktionary)