Rov"er(?), n. [D. roover a robber. See Rove, v. i.] 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.
(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.
(Archery) (a) Casual marks at uncertain distances.
(b) A sort of arrow.
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.
Bound down on every side with many bands because it shall not run at rovers.Robynson (More's Utopia).
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