Definition of Roving

1. Noun. Travelling about without any clear destination. "She followed him in his wanderings and looked after him"

Exact synonyms: Vagabondage, Wandering
Generic synonyms: Travel, Traveling, Travelling
Specialized synonyms: Drifting
Derivative terms: Rove, Vagabond, Wander

2. Adjective. Migratory. "Wandering tribes"
Exact synonyms: Mobile, Nomadic, Peregrine, Wandering
Similar to: Unsettled
Derivative terms: Mobility, Peregrine

Definition of Roving

1. n. The operatin of forming the rove, or slightly twisted sliver or roll of wool or cotton, by means of a machine for the purpose, called a roving frame, or roving machine.

2. n. The act of one who roves or wanders.

Definition of Roving

1. Adjective. wandering freely. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of rove) ¹

3. Noun. A long and narrow bundle of fibre, usually used to spin woollen yarn. ¹

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Definition of Roving

1. a roll of textile fibers [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Roving

rove beetle
rove beetles
roving (current term)
row house
row houses
row of bricks
row space
row spaces
rowan tree

Literary usage of Roving

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1. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines: Containing a Clear Exposition by Andrew Ure (1844)
"roving frames of 16 spindles each. (i. Spare fallers for first drawing with pills. ... Ditto for roving, 16 spindles each. 7. Spare fallers, with gills for ..."

2. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"The end is lifted out of thecan by the lifting roll, is drawn through the roving traverse motion to the drawing rolls, where it is drawn from three to five ..."

3. The American Cotton Spinner and Managers' and Carders' Guide: A Practical by Robert H. Baird (1851)
"20 yarn is being spun with a 2 hank roving, and a change-pinion of 28 teeth, ... 28 yarn, with 2 J hank roving: what sized change-pinion will be required ? ..."

4. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1906)
"With soft roving, however, it is very difficult to figure exactly how many holes will be necessary, but the above method will approximately give the correct ..."

5. The Works of W. E. Henley by William Ernest Henley, Robert Louis Stevenson (1908)
"Vili WE'LL go no more a-roving by the light of the moon. November glooms are barren beside the ... We '11 go no more a-roving, nor dream we did, my dear. ..."

6. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Thomas Humphry Ward (1917)
"So, WE'LL GO NO MORE A roving. L So, we '11 go no more a roving^ So late into the night, Though the heart be still as loving, And the moon be still as ..."

7. The Poets and Poetry of Scotland: From the Earliest to the Present Time by James Grant Wilson (1875)
"V roving in the night. Although the moon is moving, And stars are shining bright. ... And we'll го no more a roving. A roving in the night, Nor sit a sweet ..."

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