(?), n. [D. roover a robber. See Rove, v. i.] 1. One who practices robbery on the seas; a pirate.
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Yet Pompey the Great deserveth honor more justly for scouring the seas, and taking from the rovers 846 sail of ships.
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2. One who wanders about by sea or land; a wanderer; a rambler.
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3. Hence, a fickle, inconstant person.
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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.
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5. (Archery) (a) Casual marks at uncertain distances. Encyc. Brit.
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(b) A sort of arrow. [Obs.]
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All sorts, flights, rovers, and butt shafts.
B. Jonson.
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At rovers, at casual marks; hence, at random; as, shooting at rovers. See def. 5 (a) above. Addison.
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Bound down on every side with many bands because it shall not run at rovers.
Robynson (More's Utopia).
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