I. verb (roved; roving) Etymology: earlier, to shoot at random, wander, of unknown origin Date: 1536 intransitive verb to move aimlessly ; roam transitive verb to wander through or over Synonyms: see wander II. noun Date: 1606 an act or instance of wandering III. past and past participle of reeve IV. transitive verb (roved; roving) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1789 to join (textile fibers) with a slight twist and draw out into roving V. noun Date: 1789 roving

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