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Rove \Rove\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Roved; p. pr. & vb. n. Roving.] [Cf. D. rooven to rob; akin to E. reave. See Reave, Rob.]

  1. To practice robbery on the seas; to wander about on the seas in piracy. [Obs.]

  2. Hence, to wander; to ramble; to rauge; to go, move, or pass without certain direction in any manner, by sailing, walking, riding, flying, or otherwise.

    For who has power to walk has power to rove.

  3. (Archery) To shoot at rovers; hence, to shoot at an angle of elevation, not at point-blank (rovers usually being beyond the point-blank range).

    Fair Venus' son, that with thy cruel dart At that good knight so cunningly didst rove.

    Syn: To wander; roam; range; ramble stroll.


vb. (past participle of rove English)

Usage examples of "roved".

Her eyes roved over the room, her outrage plainly growing as she noted the signs of Serilla's occupancy.

Her gaze roved over him, so that he felt almost affronted by her frank appraisal, and yet the approval that shone in her eyes assured him he had succeeded in his preparations.

As the crew worked the ship into the dock, Reyn's eyes roved over the men gathering to meet the ship, and spotted Grag Tenira.

Then Doc Savage's flashlight beam dived past him, roved the water briefly, and the bronze man's forceful clutch fell on his shoulder.

His eyes roved incessantly, and he pointed his gun at every patch of darkness.

My gaze roved over the transparent candles and the pentagram made out of salt.

And Margaret's eyes roved, moving from Holly's flute to Arthur's history books, to the photograph of Peter, and last to the photograph of Tom that Laura Rice had so thoughtfully sent last week.

He walked about, questioning and greeting, while his eyes roved, seeking.

Her eyes roved upward to the top of the windows, which were now quite dark.

His eyes roved in a circle through the unfathomed glitter and returned to the backyard where suddenly a bird, no more ignorant than a man about the Ultimate, gave a startled cry.

Cady’s hands roved all over his body—what parts she could reach—and Obsidian’s did the same to her.

Her mouth roved over his jaw, his ear, his neck, leaving hot, fierce kisses in its wake.

His eyes immediately heated and roved over the exposed flesh of her shoulders and legs.

This light roved over the box car floor, illuminating a number of objects in succession.

He was careful not to touch the liquid on the glass bottom of the car, but thrust his head into the gondola and roved the beam of a flashlight.