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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Rove \Rove\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Roved; p. pr. & vb. n.
Roving.] [Cf. D. rooven to rob; akin to E. reave. See
1. To practice robbery on the seas; to wander about on the
seas in piracy. [Obs.] --Hakluyt.
2. Hence, to wander; to ramble; to rauge; to go, move, or
pass without certain direction in any manner, by sailing,
walking, riding, flying, or otherwise.
For who has power to walk has power to rove.
3. (Archery) To shoot at rovers; hence, to shoot at an angle
of elevation, not at point-blank (rovers usually being
beyond the point-blank range).
Fair Venus' son, that with thy cruel dart
At that good knight so cunningly didst rove.
Syn: To wander; roam; range; ramble stroll.
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