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Rave \Rave\ (r[=a]v), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Raved (r[=a]vd); p. pr. & vb. n. Raving.] [F. r[^e]ver to rave, to be delirious, to dream; perhaps fr. L. rabere to rave, rage, be mad or furious. Cf. Rage, Reverie.]

  1. To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging, as a madman.

    In our madness evermore we rave.

    Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast?

    The mingled torrent of redcoats and tartans went raving down the valley to the gorge of Killiecrankie.

  2. To rush wildly or furiously.

  3. To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; -- followed by about, of, or on; as, he raved about her beauty.

    The hallowed scene Which others rave of, though they know it not.


vb. (en-past of: rave)

Usage examples of "raved".

Projectors again raved out in their incandescent might, and soon another immense cruiser of the void lay beside her sister ship.

Only the heaviest of the fixed-mount guns could reach that mad whirlpool of ships, but each one of them raved out against the same spot at precisely the same instant.

Out went their cosmic-energy blocking screens, out shot their tractor beams, and out from the refractory throats of their stupendous projectors raved the most terrifically destructive forces ever generated by mobile machinery.

Out raved one of its tremendous beams, striking the Boskonian’s defenses squarely amidships.

And now from his own mighty projector, against Helmuth’s armor, there raved out a beam scarcely less potent than that of a semi-portable.

They had positively raved about it, and I wondered now that I had been so mortified.