Ravening
Raven Rav"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ravened} (r[a^]v"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ravening}.] [Written also ravin, and ravine.] [1913 Webster] 1. To obtain or seize by violence. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster]

2. To devour with great eagerness. [1913 Webster]

Like rats that ravin down their proper bane. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ravening — Rav en*ing, a. Greedily devouring; rapacious; as, ravening wolves. {Rav en*ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ravening — Rav en*ing, n. Eagerness for plunder; rapacity; extortion. Luke xi. 39. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ravening — index predatory, rapacious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ravening — 1520s, the surviving prp. of an extinct verb raven to prey, to plunder (late 14c., implied in ravener), from O.Fr. raviner (see RAVENOUS (Cf. ravenous)), and is not etymologically related to raven (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ravening — rapacious, ravenous, gluttonous, *voracious Analogous words: greedy, acquisitive, grasping, *covetous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ravening — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely hungry; voracious …   English terms dictionary

  • ravening — [rav′ə niŋ] adj. [prp. of RAVEN2] greedily searching for prey n. RAVIN …   English World dictionary

  • ravening — rav|e|ning [ˈrævənıŋ] adj literary [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Present participle of raven to take away by force, eat eagerly (15 20 centuries), from Old French raviner, from Latin rapere; RAPE1] ravening animals are hungry and dangerous ▪ a pack… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ravening — adjective literary ravening animals are extremely hungry: a ravening beast …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ravening — adjective 1. devouring or craving food in great quantities edacious vultures a rapacious appetite ravenous as wolves voracious sharks • Syn: ↑edacious, ↑esurient, ↑rapacious, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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