roomage
Rummage Rum"mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 1. (Naut.) To make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close stowage; to stow closely; to pack; -- formerly written {roomage}, and {romage}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They might bring away a great deal more than they do, if they would take pain in the romaging. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster]

2. To search or examine thoroughly by looking into every corner, and turning over or removing goods or other things; to examine, as a book, carefully, turning over leaf after leaf. [1913 Webster]

He . . . searcheth his pockets, and taketh his keys, and so rummageth all his closets and trunks. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

What schoolboy of us has not rummaged his Greek dictionary in vain for a satisfactory account! --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Roomage — Room age, n. [From {Room}. CF. {Rummage}.] Space; place; room. [Obs.] Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roomage — room·age …   English syllables

  • roomage — mij noun ( s) Etymology: room (I) + age : space, accommodation …   Useful english dictionary

  • romage — Rummage Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 1. (Naut.) To make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close stowage; to stow closely; to pack; formerly written… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummage — Rum mage (?; 48), n. [For roomage, fr. room; hence originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See {Room}.] 1. (Naut.) A place or room for the stowage of cargo in a ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and moving about of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummage — Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 1. (Naut.) To make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close stowage; to stow closely; to pack; formerly written {roomage} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummage sale — Rummage Rum mage (?; 48), n. [For roomage, fr. room; hence originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See {Room}.] 1. (Naut.) A place or room for the stowage of cargo in a ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and moving about …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummaged — Rummage Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 1. (Naut.) To make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close stowage; to stow closely; to pack; formerly written… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rummaging — Rummage Rum mage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rummaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rummaging}.] 1. (Naut.) To make room in, as a ship, for the cargo; to move about, as packages, ballast, so as to permit close stowage; to stow closely; to pack; formerly written… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rummage — [16] Rummage is etymologically ‘roomage’. It originally denoted the ‘stowage of 431 rut cargo in a ship’s hold’. It came from Anglo Norman *rumage, a reduced form of Old French arrumage. This was derived from the verb arrumer ‘stow in a hold’,… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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