rake

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[reyk]
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noun

an agricultural implement with teeth or tines for gathering cut grass, hay, or the like or for smoothing the surface of the ground.
any of various implements having a similar form, as a croupier's implement for gathering in money on a gaming table.

verb (used with object), raked, rak·ing.

verb (used without object), raked, rak·ing.


Idioms

    rake over the coals. coal(def 8).

Origin of rake

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before 900; (noun) Middle English rak(e), Old English raca (masculine), racu (feminine); cognate with German Rechen, Old Norse reka shovel; (v.) Middle English raken, partly derivative of the noun, partly < Old Norse raka to scrape, rake
Related formsrak·a·ble, rake·a·ble, adjectiverak·er, noun

Synonyms for rake

rake

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[reyk]

noun

a dissolute or profligate person, especially a man who is licentious; roué.

Origin of rake

2
First recorded in 1645–55; see origin at rakehell

Synonyms for rake

rake

3
[reyk]

verb (used without object), raked, rak·ing.

to incline from the vertical, as a mast, or from the horizontal.

verb (used with object), raked, rak·ing.

to cause (something) to incline from the vertical or the horizontal.

noun

inclination or slope away from the perpendicular or the horizontal.
a board or molding placed along the sloping sides of a frame gable to cover the ends of the siding.
Aeronautics. the angle measured between the tip edge of an aircraft or missile wing or other lifting surface and the plane of symmetry.
Machinery. the angle between the cutting face of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the work at the cutting point.

Origin of rake

3
First recorded in 1620–30; origin uncertain

rake

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[reyk]

verb (used without object), raked, rak·ing.

Hunting.
  1. (of a hawk) to fly after game.
  2. (of a dog) to hunt with the nose close to the ground instead of in the wind.
Chiefly Scot. to go or proceed, especially with speed.

Origin of rake

4
before 1000; Middle English raken to go, hasten, Old English racian
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Examples from the Web for rake

Contemporary Examples of rake

Historical Examples of rake

  • What security, that your rake will not follow you to the world's end?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I suppose the Pilgrim and the Rake are contrasted with each other.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • But you rake a match to light the candle, and that little bit of a noise will fetch him.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • And what must that child be, who prefers the rake to a father?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Besides, they can rake us with bullets from ambush, while we're climbing up the ridge.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for rake

rake

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noun

a hand implement consisting of a row of teeth set in a headpiece attached to a long shaft and used for gathering hay, straw, leaves, etc, or for smoothing loose earth
any of several mechanical farm implements equipped with rows of teeth or rotating wheels mounted with tines and used to gather hay, straw, etc
any of various implements similar in shape or function, such as a tool for drawing out ashes from a furnace
the act of raking
NZ a line of wagons coupled together as one unit, used on railways

verb

to scrape, gather, or remove (leaves, refuse, etc) with or as if with a rake
to level or prepare (a surface, such as a flower bed) with a rake or similar implement
(tr sometimes foll by out) to clear (ashes, clinker, etc) from (a fire or furnace)
(tr ; foll by up or together) to gather (items or people) with difficulty, as from a scattered area or limited supply
(tr ; often foll by through, over etc) to search or examine carefully
(when intr , foll by against, along etc) to scrape or grazethe ship raked the side of the quay
(tr) to direct (gunfire) along the length of (a target)machine-guns raked the column
(tr) to sweep (one's eyes) along the length of (something); scan

Word Origin for rake

Old English raca; related to Old Norse raka, Old High German rehho a rake, Gothic rikan to heap up, Latin rogus funeral pile

rake

2

noun

a dissolute man, esp one in fashionable society; roué

Word Origin for rake

C17: short for rakehell

rake

3

verb (mainly intr)

to incline from the vertical by a perceptible degree, esp (of a ship's mast or funnel) towards the stern
(tr) to construct with a backward slope

noun

the degree to which an object, such as a ship's mast, inclines from the perpendicular, esp towards the stern
theatre the slope of a stage from the back towards the footlights
aeronautics
  1. the angle between the wings of an aircraft and the line of symmetry of the aircraft
  2. the angle between the line joining the centroids of the section of a propeller blade and a line perpendicular to the axis
the angle between the working face of a cutting tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the workpiece
a slanting ledge running across a crag in the Lake District

Word Origin for rake

C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to German ragen to project, Swedish raka

rake

4

verb (intr)

(of gun dogs or hounds) to hunt with the nose to the ground
(of hawks)
  1. to pursue quarry in full flight
  2. (often foll by away)to fly wide of the quarry, esp beyond the control of the falconer

Word Origin for rake

Old English racian to go forward, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for rake
n.1

"toothed tool for drawing or scraping things together," Old English raca "rake," earlier ræce, from Proto-Germanic *rak- "gather, heap up" (cf. Old Norse reka "spade, shovel," Old High German rehho, German Rechen "a rake," Gothic rikan "to heap up, collect"), from PIE *reg- (1) "move in a straight line" (cf. Greek oregein "to reach, stretch out," Latin regere "direct, rule; keep straight, guide;" see regal), perhaps via its action, or via the notion of "implement with straight pieces of wood" [Watkins].

n.2

"debauchee; idle, dissolute person," 1650s, shortening of rakehell. Hogarth's "Rake's Progress" engravings were published in 1735.

v.

mid-13c., "clear (rubbish, grass, etc.) by raking; gather (grain) by raking," from rake (n.1), or from a lost Old English verb related to it, or from a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish raka, Danish rage "rake"). Of gunfire from 1630s. Related: Raked; raking. To rake in money or something like it is from 1580s.

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