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  • adj. wandering freely.
  • v. Present participle of rove.
  • n. A long and narrow bundle of fibre, usually used to spin woollen yarn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The operatin of forming the rove, or slightly twisted sliver or roll of wool or cotton, by means of a machine for the purpose, called a roving frame, or roving machine.
  • n. A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and slightly twisted; a rove. See 2d Rove, 2.
  • n. The act of one who roves or wanders.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of rambling or wandering.
  • n. Archery as practised by a rover. See rover, 4.
  • n. The process of giving the first twist to yarn, or of forming a rove.
  • n. A slightly twisted sliver of carded fiber, as wool or cotton; a rove.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. migratory
  • n. travelling about without any clear destination


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  • After one more postdoctoral year which I spent in "roving" mode, spending time at Oxford, Harvard and Illinois, in the autumn of 1967 I took up a lectureship at the University of Sussex, where I was to spend the next fifteen years of my career.

    Anthony J. Leggett - Autobiography

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  • The unteased roving is on the left, the teased is on the right.

    February 2006

  • But though by concealment he may preserve the unruffled surface of their happiness, yet the longing to be roving is not completely extinguished.

    Married Love: or, Love in Marriage

  • With his glance roving from the quiet man to the quiet dog, he made a few tentative flutters toward the plate of cake.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • Throughout the whole way, whether the eye and mind silently indulged in roving, or still better loved talk interrupted that, as it often did, Ellen was in a state of most unmixed and unruffled satisfaction.

    The Wide, Wide World

  • His day was spent in roving through the bazar, exclaiming with a loud voice the above word,

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • Zuma Press In recent decades, the race has become known as a roving party in which participants don pink gorilla suits, storm trooper uniforms -- or, occasionally, go nude -- as they run, walk or stumble their way across the city.

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  • In recent decades, it became known as a roving party in which participants who choose to wear clothes at all don costumes like pink gorilla suits as they run, walk or stumble their way across the city from San Francisco Bay to the waves, or breakers, of the Pacific Ocean.

    San Francisco's New Race Rules: Run Naked, Not Drunk

  • I was very glad to get home to my family, but always loath to leave this special space that British fantasy author Graham Joyce so wisely termed a roving Brigadoon.

    The 67th World Science Fiction Convention


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  • My adjectival use: 'They used a roving microphone.'

    August 24, 2011

  • Her scant skirt spreads above her knees.

    Her hands lie folded in her lap.

    She looks ahead, and does not shrink

    To see the mixed crowd nudge and gape,

    While dirty men with roving eyes '

    Press close and whisper, 'Look!

    Tattooed wherever you can see!

    Say, she’s a walkin’ pitcher-book!'

    - Vine McCasland, 'Circus'.

    September 21, 2009