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rover   WordNet 2.0

- an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement

 
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- someone who leads a wandering unsettled life

 
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Rover   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. One who practices robbery on the seas; a pirate.

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

2. One who wanders about by sea or land; a wanderer; a rambler.

3. Hence, a fickle, inconstant person.

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.

5. (Archery) (a) Casual marks at uncertain distances. Encyc. Brit.

(b) A sort of arrow. [Obs.]

"All sorts, flights, rovers, and butt shafts." -- B. Jonson.

At rovers
at casual marks; hence, at random; as, shooting at rovers. See def. 5 (a) above. Addison.

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

 
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