- 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.
- to gather, draw, or remove with a rake: to rake dead leaves from a lawn.
- to clear, smooth, or prepare with a rake: to rake a garden bed.
- to clear (a fire, embers, etc.) by stirring with a poker or the like.
- to gather or collect abundantly (usually followed by in): He marketed his invention and has been raking in money ever since.
- to bring to light, usually for discreditable reasons (usually followed by up): to rake up an old scandal.
- to search thoroughly through: They raked the apartment for the missing jewels.
- to scrape; scratch: The sword's tip raked his face lightly.
- to scoop out (a masonry joint) to a given depth while the mortar is still green.
- to fire guns along the length of (a position, body of troops, ship, etc.).
- to sweep with the eyes: He raked the horizon with his gaze.
- to use a rake: The gardener raked along the border of the garden.
- to search, as with a rake: His gaze raked over the room.
- to scrape; search: She frantically raked through her belongings.
- rake over the coals. coal(def 8).
Origin of rake1
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- to incline from the vertical, as a mast, or from the horizontal.
- to cause (something) to incline from the vertical or the horizontal.
- 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 rake3
- (of a hawk) to fly after game.
- (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 rake4
Related Wordscomb, scour, scrape, rummage, search, hunt, grub, scrutinize, scan, grade, scratch, clear, gather, smooth, sweep, remove, collect, graze, ransack, rasp
Examples from the Web for raking
Republicans, in the House especially, have been pushing Keystone for some time and raking in donations in the process.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
The Lexington Herald-Leader sure did, raking McConnell over the coals Wednesday.Mitch McConnell’s Big Obamacare-Kynect Lie
May 28, 2014
Because they were the ones “raking in the coals,” they were nicknamed “rakers.”9 Secrets of the NYPD’s Spy Unit Revealed in ‘Enemies Within’
August 29, 2013
Spain was raking in huge profits with their New World colonies, mainly by extracting gold and silver.The Original Slave Colony: Barbados and Andrea Stuart’s ‘Sugar in the Blood’
January 24, 2013
Competition for oligarch clients is fierce, and the firms who win them are raking in record fees.Oligarch v. Oligarch: London's Courts Attract Litigious Tycoons
July 23, 2012
The baker was just raking the fire out of the little door on the side.Buried Cities, Part 2
There's sacrets in all families to be forgotten—bad to be raking the past.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Yet they were subject to a raking fire that cost them hundreds of casualties.
They were in the wheat-field, busy with the last sheaves; she raking and he binding.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Their beams shot down, raking all our vicinity from this new angle.
- rugby the offence committed when a player deliberately scrapes an opponent's leg, arm, etc, with the studs of his or her boots
- 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
- 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
- a dissolute man, esp one in fashionable society; roué
- 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
- 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
- the angle between the wings of an aircraft and the line of symmetry of the aircraft
- 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
- (of gun dogs or hounds) to hunt with the nose to the ground
- (of hawks)
- to pursue quarry in full flight
- (often foll by away)to fly wide of the quarry, esp beyond the control of the falconer
Word Origin and History for raking
"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].
"debauchee; idle, dissolute person," 1650s, shortening of rakehell. Hogarth's "Rake's Progress" engravings were published in 1735.
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.