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 for Roving
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
     Reave, Rob.]
     1. To practice robbery on the seas; to wander about on the
        seas in piracy. [Obs.] --Hakluyt.
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     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.
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              For who has power to walk has power to rove.
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     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).
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              Fair Venus' son, that with thy cruel dart
              At that good knight so cunningly didst rove.
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     Syn: To wander; roam; range; ramble stroll.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Roving \Rov"ing\, n.
     1. The operatin of forming the rove, or slightly twisted
        sliver or roll of wool or cotton, by means of a machine
        for the purpose, called a roving frame, or roving machine.
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     2. A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and slightly
        twisted; a rove. See 2d Rove, 2.
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     Roving frame, Roving machine, a machine for drawing and
        twisting roves and twisting roves and winding them on
        bobbin for the spinning machine.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Roving \Rov"ing\, n.
     The act of one who roves or wanders.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: migratory; "a restless mobile society"; "the nomadic
             habits of the Bedouins"; "believed the profession of a
             peregrine typist would have a happy future"; "wandering
             tribes" [syn: mobile, nomadic, peregrine, roving,
      n 1: travelling about without any clear destination; "she
           followed him in his wanderings and looked after him" [syn:
           wandering, roving, vagabondage]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  156 Moby Thesaurus words for "roving":
     Wanderjahr, aberrant, aberrative, adrift, afloat,
     afoot and lighthearted, aimless, aimlessness, alternating,
     amorphous, bumming, by the way, capricious, changeable, changeful,
     circuitous, circumforaneous, departing, desultoriness, desultory,
     deviable, deviant, deviating, deviative, deviatory, devious,
     digressive, digressiveness, discursion, discursive, discursiveness,
     divagation, divagatory, dizzy, drifting, eccentric, episodic,
     errant, errantry, erratic, excursive, fast and loose, fickle,
     fitful, flickering, flighty, flitting, floating, fluctuating,
     footloose, footloose and fancy-free, freakish, fugitive, gadding,
     giddy, gypsy-like, gypsyish, hoboism, impetuous, impulsive,
     inconsistent, inconstant, indecisive, indirect, infirm, irregular,
     irresolute, irresponsible, itineracy, itinerancy, labyrinthine,
     landloping, loose, maundering, mazy, meandering, mercurial,
     migrational, migratory, moody, nomad, nomadic, nomadism,
     out-of-the-way, perambulatory, peregrination, pererration,
     peripatetic, planetary, ramble, rambling, ranging, restless, roam,
     roaming, rove, scatterbrained, serpentine, shapeless, shifting,
     shifty, shuffling, snaky, spasmodic, spineless, straggling, stray,
     straying, strolling, swerving, traipsing, transient, transitory,
     transmigratory, turning, twisting, unaccountable, uncertain,
     uncontrolled, undependable, undirected, undisciplined, unfixed,
     unpredictable, unreliable, unrestrained, unsettled, unstable,
     unstable as water, unstaid, unsteadfast, unsteady, vacillating,
     vagabond, vagabondage, vagabondia, vagabondism, vagrancy, vagrant,
     variable, veering, vicissitudinary, vicissitudinous, volatile,
     wandering, wanderlust, wanton, wavering, wavery, wavy, wayfaring,
     wayward, whimsical, winding, wishy-washy, zigzag

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