(archery, usually plural) A randomly selected target.
One who roves, a wanderer, a nomad.
- 1890' ''"By my hilt! no. There was little Robby Withstaff, and Andrew Salblaster, and Wat Alspaye, who broke the neck of the German. Mon Dieu! what men they were! Take them how you would, at long butts or short, hoyles, rounds, or '''rovers , better bowmen never twirled a shaft over their thumb-nails." '' — Arthur Conan Doyle, ''The White Company ,
A vagabond, a tramp, an unsteady, restless person, one who by habit doesn't settle down or marry.
- 1846' ''But these islands, undisturbed for years, relapsed into their previous obscurity; and it is only recently that anything has been known concerning them. Once in the course of a half century, to be sure, some adventurous '''rover would break in upon their peaceful repose. and astonished at the unusual scene, would be almost tempted to claim the merit of a new discovery.'' — Herman Melville, ''Typee ,
- She is a rover and dislikes any sort of ties, physical or emotional.
A vehicle for exploring extraterrestrial bodies.
- 1954' ''Give him the word, that I'm not a '''rover , and tell him that his lonely days are over.
Position in Australian Rules football, one of three of a team's followers, who follow the ball around the ground. Formerly a position for short players, rovers in professional leagues are frequently over 183 cm (6').
(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.
(obsolete) A sort of arrow.
* Ben Jonson
- The Mars Exploration Rovers will act as robot geologists while they are on the surface of Mars.
- All sorts, flights, rovers , and butt shafts.
From (etyl), roven , to rob. Cognate with Danish and Norwegian
A pirate or pirate ship.
- 1719' ''The first was this: our ship making her course towards the Canary Islands, or rather between those islands and the African shore, was surprised in the grey of the morning by a Turkish '''rover of Sallee, who gave chase to us with all the sail she could make.'' — Daniel Defoe, ''Robinnson Crusoe ,
- Yet Pompey the Great deserveth honour more justly for scouring the seas, and taking from the rovers 846 sail of ships.
Habitually travelling from place to place.
- an itinerant preacher or peddler
- The king's own courts were then itinerant , being kept in the king's palace, and removing with his household in those royal progresses which he continually made.
One who travels from place to place.
(Ireland) a member of the Travelling Community, whether settled or not.