- roaming or wandering.
- not assigned or restricted to any particular location, area, topic, etc.: a roving editor.
- not assigned to any particular diplomatic post but having a special mission: a roving ambassador.
Origin of roving1
- a soft strand of fiber that has been twisted, attenuated, and freed of foreign matter preparatory to its conversion into yarn.
- the final phase of carding, in which this is done.
Origin of roving2
- to wander about without definite destination; move hither and thither at random, especially over a wide area.
- to wander over or through; traverse: to rove the woods.
- an act or instance of roving.
Origin of rove1
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- a simple past tense and past participle of reeve2.
- to form (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) into slightly twisted strands in a preparatory process of spinning.
- to draw fibers or the like through an eye or other small opening.
- to attenuate, compress, and twist slightly in carding.
- British. roving2.
Origin of rove3
Examples from the Web for roving
And, perhaps most importantly, you will find a roving cast of characters—the employees of distillery.Ester Elchies, The Estate Built By Whiskey
December 10, 2014
Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and several years as a roving foreign correspondent worldwide.The Hero Summit 2013 Speakers
September 10, 2013
A roving gang of youths armed with bats and huge boom boxes hunt the band.Robin Thicke, Jay Z & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
August 31, 2013
But friends close to the couple say his roving eye kept roving.Why the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Wife Vanessa Are Staying Together
January 17, 2013
Like his Swedish counterpart, he is said to have a roving eye, which has not gone down well with Sofia, his Greek-born consort.
There, for the first time in history, man had ceased to be a roving animal.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The hunters were roving the open, and even Hal Dozier was at fault.Way of the Lawless
My roving excursion this day had fatigued my body, and diverted my imagination.The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone
On the other hand, the quick, roving eye of the scout seldom rested.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Rain had driven to shelter the roving dogs which had troubled us last night.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- to wander about (a place) with no fixed direction; roam
- (intr) (of the eyes) to look around; wander
- have a roving eye to show a widespread amorous interest in the opposite sex
- (intr) Australian rules football to play as a rover
- the act of roving
- (tr) to pull out and twist (fibres of wool, cotton, etc) lightly, as before spinning or in carding
- wool, cotton, etc, thus prepared
- a metal plate through which a rivet is passed and then clenched over
- a past tense and past participle of reeve 2
Word Origin and History for roving
"to wander with no fixed destination," 1530s (earliest sense was "to shoot arrows at a mark selected at pleasure or at random," late 15c.); possibly a Midlands dialectal variant of northern English and Scottish rave "to wander, stray," from Middle English raven, probably from Old Norse rafa "to wander, rove" (cf. rave (v.)). Influenced by rover, if not a back-formation from it. Related: Roved; roving.