- a person who roves; wanderer.
- a mark selected at random, as in a competition between two archers wandering over a specified area.
- one of a group of fixed marks at a long distance.
- an archer who shoots at such a mark.
- Croquet. a ball that has been driven through all the arches and needs only to strike the last peg to be out of the game.
- (at concerts or the like) a person who has a ticket for standing room only.
- a senior boy scout, 18 years of age or older.
Origin of rover1
- a pirate.
- Obsolete. a pirate ship.
Origin of rover2
- a roving or routing machine.
- a roving-machine operator.
Origin of rover3
- a familiar name for a dog.
Examples from the Web for rover
To discuss his work in The Rover—and his career more generally—Pattinson recently sat down with The Daily Beast in Los Angeles.
How was making The Rover different than making the Twilight movies?
The rover had previously discovered definitive evidence of running water in the relatively recent past.Are We All Martians? How Recent Discoveries Raise That Possibility.
Lawrence M. Krauss
March 23, 2013
This happened to be the same day that another division of NASA landed a rover, dubbed Curiosity, on Mars.NASA’s New York–Based Space Institute the Hub of Climate-Change Research
August 8, 2012
His latest book is Blood's A Rover, the final volume of his Underworld U.S.A. trilogy, published on Sept. 22 by Knopf.Ellroy's Favorite Crime Reads
September 21, 2009
He has always been a rover, often tried to settle down but could not.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
"I will venture a rover with you, or try long-butts or hoyles," said old Johnston.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"Lay along, Rover," I muttered, preparing for another snooze.
If he said he was a “Rover,” they claimed to be “Hounds,” and pounded him.A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs
"I'd like to bring one of them down," said the oldest Rover boy.The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island
- a person who roves; wanderer
- archery a mark selected at random for use as a target
- croquet a ball that has been driven through all the hoops but has not yet hit the winning peg
- Australian rules football one of the three players in the ruck, usually smaller than the other two, selected for his agility in play
- a small remote-controlled vehicle which roams over rough, esp extraterrestrial, terrain taking photographs, gathering rock and soil samples, etc
- a pirate or pirate ship
- a machine for roving wool, cotton, etc, or a person who operates such a machine
- British the former name for Venture Scout
Word Origin and History for rover
late 14c., "sea-robber, pirate," from Middle Dutch rover "robber, predator, plunderer," especially in zeerovere "pirate," literally "sea-robber," from roven "to rob," from Middle Dutch roof "spoil, plunder," related to Old English reaf "spoil, plunder," reafian "to reave" (see reave (v.)). Meaning "remote-controlled surface vehicle" is from 1970.