rake

1
[ reyk ]
/ reɪk /

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 for rake

    rake over the coals. coal(def 8).

Origin of rake

1
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

OTHER WORDS FROM rake

rak·a·ble, rake·a·ble, adjectiverak·er, noun

Definition for raking (2 of 3)

rake3
[ reyk ]
/ reɪk /

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

Definition for raking (3 of 3)

rake4
[ reyk ]
/ reɪk /

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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British Dictionary definitions for raking (1 of 5)

raking
/ (ˈreɪkɪŋ) /

noun

rugby the offence committed when a player deliberately scrapes an opponent's leg, arm, etc, with the studs of his or her boots

British Dictionary definitions for raking (2 of 5)

rake1
/ (reɪk) /

noun

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for raking (3 of 5)

rake2
/ (reɪk) /

noun

a dissolute man, esp one in fashionable society; roué

Word Origin for rake

C17: short for rakehell

British Dictionary definitions for raking (4 of 5)

rake3
/ (reɪk) /

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

Word Origin for rake

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

British Dictionary definitions for raking (5 of 5)

rake4
/ (reɪk) /

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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