Rover Rov"er, n. [D. roover a robber. See {Rove}, v. i.] 1. One who practices robbery on the seas; a pirate. [1913 Webster]

Yet Pompey the Great deserveth honor more justly for scouring the seas, and taking from the rovers 846 sail of ships. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

2. One who wanders about by sea or land; a wanderer; a rambler. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, a fickle, inconstant person. [1913 Webster]

4. (Croquet) A ball which has passed through all the hoops and would go out if it hit the stake but is continued in play; also, the player of such a ball. [1913 Webster]

5. (Archery) (a) Casual marks at uncertain distances. --Encyc. Brit. [1913 Webster] (b) A sort of arrow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

All sorts, flights, rovers, and butt shafts. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

{At rovers}, at casual marks; hence, at random; as, shooting at rovers. See def. 5 (a) above. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Bound down on every side with many bands because it shall not run at rovers. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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