from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that roves; a wanderer.
- n. A crewed or uncrewed vehicle, used especially in exploring the terrain of a planet and its satellites.
- n. Sports A mark in archery selected by chance.
- n. A pirate.
- n. A pirate vessel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A randomly selected target.
- n. One who roves.
- n. A vehicle for exploring extraterrestrial bodies.
- n. Position in Australian Rules football, one of three of a team's followers, who follow the ball around the ground. Formerly a position for short players, rovers in professional leagues are frequently over 183 cm (6').
- n. A pirate or pirate ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who practices robbery on the seas; a pirate.
- n. One who wanders about by sea or land; a wanderer; a rambler.
- n. Hence, a fickle, inconstant person.
- n. A ball which has passed through all the hoops and would go out if it hit the stake but is continued in play; also, the player of such a ball.
- n. Casual marks at uncertain distances.
- n. A sort of arrow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shoot at rovers; shoot arrows at other marks than the butt; shoot for height or distance.
- n. A robber, especially a sea-robber; a freebooter; a pirate; a forager.
- n. One who roves; a wanderer; one who rambles about, or goes at random from point to point.
- n. Hence A fickle or inconstant person.
- n. In archery: A person shooting at a mark with a longbow and arrow, or shooting merely for distance, the position of the archer being shifted with every shot, and not confined to a staked-out ground. The flight-arrow was used by the rover.
- n. An arrow used by a rover. See flight-arrow.
- n. An irregular or uncertain point to be aimed at; also, a mark at an uncertain or indefinite distance.
- n. In architecture, any member, as a molding, that follows the line of a curve.
- n. In croquet: A ball that has gone through all the hoops, and 330 only needs to strike the winning-stake to be out of the game.
- n. A player whose ball is in the above condition.
- n. To shoot at random, or without any particular aim.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
- n. an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement
Getting to name a rover is nice, and the person who submitted the name deserves congratulations, but let's face it, getting one kid to name a Mars rover is not a very efficient way to get that kid interested in science, and it sure isn't an efficient way to get lots of kids interested in science.
Entrants should submit essays explaining why their suggested name for the rover is the right fit.
They may have never heard of Constellation or the ESAS or VSE or may even think that the rover is for Mars (that's where all rovers go, isn't it?).
If a rover is put on a planetary surface, once the pathfinder succeeds I'd probably go for a series of 5-10 copies in different locations (perhaps with minor upgrades and instrument switches).
The rover is not going to last forever, it has done one heck of a job.
The aging, nearly obsolete Mars rover is having more senior moments these days.
Stern, now a private consultant, argues that the new rover is too ambitious, with too many new technologies in play, making a cost overrun all but inevitable.
It's not my favorite name, but I don't really care what the rover is called (obviously as long as it isn't offensive).
Hey Doc, if you thing the shape of that rover is better than a cylinder, then maybe you need to go back to school.
Unless the new rover is going to fly around Mars in stead of rolling on the surface then what has to change.