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Definitions of rake

  1. degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; " the roof had a steep pitch"
  2. sweep the length of; " The gunfire raked the coast"
  3. a long- handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil
  4. gather with a rake; " rake leaves"
  5. level or smooth with a rake; " rake gravel"
  6. move through with or as if with a rake; " She raked her fingers through her hair"
  7. scrape gently; " graze the skin"
  8. examine hastily; " She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"
  9. The act of grazing; the cropping of grass.
  10. To collect or draw together with laborious industry; to gather from a wide space; to scrape together; as, to rake together wealth; to rake together slanderous tales; to rake together the rabble of a town.
  11. To pass a rake over; to scrape or scratch with a rake for the purpose of collecting and clearing off something, or for stirring up the soil; as, to rake a lawn; to rake a flower bed.
  12. To search through; to scour; to ransack.
  13. To scrape or scratch across; to pass over quickly and lightly, as a rake does.
  14. To enfilade; to fire in a direction with the length of; in naval engagements, to cannonade, as a ship, on the stern or head so that the balls range the whole length of the deck.
  15. To use a rake, as for searching or for collecting; to scrape; to search minutely.
  16. To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.
  17. The inclination of anything from a perpendicular direction; as, the rake of a roof, a staircase, etc.
  18. the inclination of a mast or funnel, or, in general, of any part of a vessel not perpendicular to the keel.
  19. To incline from a perpendicular direction; as, a mast rakes aft.
  20. A loose, disorderly, vicious man; a person addicted to lewdness and other scandalous vices; a debauchee; a roue.
  21. To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.
  22. To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.
  23. An implement consisting of a headpiece having teeth, and a long handle at right angles to it, - used for collecting hay, or other light things which are spread over a large surface, or for breaking and smoothing the earth.
  24. A toothed machine drawn by a horse, - used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
  25. A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so; - called also rake- vein.
  26. To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; - often with up; as, he raked up the fallen leaves.
  27. An implement with teeth or tines for gathering together loose matter, or for making soil loose and smooth; an immoral man; slant or slope.
  28. To gather, smooth, or loosen with a rake; as, to rake up leaves; rake a flower bed; to collect; to gather together by diligent effort; as, to rake up evidence; to search through carefully; ransack; as, they raked the records for proof; to fire upon, especially along the length of; as, to rake the deck of a ship.
  29. To work with a rake; as, he raked in the garden; to make a close search; to slant or slope.
  30. Raker.
  31. An instrument with teeth or pins for smoothing earth, etc.
  32. To scrape with something toothed: to draw together: to gather with difficulty: to level with a rake: to search diligently over: to pass over violently: ( naut.) to fire into, as a ship, lengthwise.
  33. To scrape, as with a rake: to search minutely: to pass with violence.
  34. A rascal.
  35. The projection of the stem and stern of a ship beyond the extremities of the keel: the inclination of a mast from the perpendicular.
  36. To fly wide of the quarry, said of a hawk.
  37. To scrape with something toothed; search in or over; sweep with guns.
  38. To use a rake; search.
  39. Toothed farming tool; a libertine.
  40. To scrape together.
  41. To stir with a rake; use a rake; make a search; ran sack.
  42. To fire along the length of, as of a vessel or a line of soldiers.
  43. A toothed implement for drawing together loose material, or smoothing a surface.
  44. To lean, as a mast; inclinc.
  45. Inclination from the perpendicular.
  46. A dissolute, lewd man.
  47. An implement with teeth, and a long handle, used for collecting light things and for smoothing the soil.
  48. A loose, dissolute man.
  49. The projection of the upper parts of a ship, at the stern and stem beyond the keel; the inclination, generally aft, of a mast from the perpendicular.
  50. To scrape with a rake; to gather with a rake; to clear or smooth with a rake; to collect; to search; to enfilade; to fire in the direction of the length.
  51. To scrape; to search minutely and meanly. To rake up, to cover the fire with ashes; to bring up.
  52. To lead a dissolute, debauched life.
  53. To incline from a perpendicular direction.
  54. To gather or smooth with a rake; to collect or gather together something scattered; to gather with difficulty or labour; in mil., to fire guns in the direction of the length of anything, as at the stern or head of a ship, that the balls may pass, over the whole length of the deck; to scratch into in search of something; to grope.
  55. A loose, disorderly, idle fellow; a man addicted to lewd and vicious acts.
  56. To gad or ramble idly; to lead a dissolute life.

Usage examples for rake

  1. I don't know how much Gladys Fleming is paying you to rake all this up, but I'll gladly double her fee if you drop it and confine yourself to the matter of the collection. – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  2. Now, the big fly may have been an honest character, but he was sadly like a rake- hook in disguise. – Angling Sketches by Andrew Lang
  3. As regards the rest of the characters, Mr. Terriss's Squire Thornhill was an admirable picture of a fascinating young rake. – Reviews by Oscar Wilde
  4. It was originally called Rake- lane, and Rocky- lane from Richmond- hill. – Recollections of Old Liverpool by A Nonagenarian
  5. She turned with a cry, dropping her rake and pushing her sun- bonnet back from her eyes. – The-Choir-Invisible by Allen, James Lane
  6. And if a man knows the game, let him be never so little of a rake, he wins in three moves. – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac
  7. At a quarter of ten he stopped, and, the rake still tightly held in his hand, crossed the road. – Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield
  8. There's more money in the tariff than all that Seward can rake together. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  9. Their restless and crooked spirit drives them to rake in the dirt of every kind of expedient. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  10. Eddie Perkins was stumbling about the lane trying to rake up the dead leaves into neat piles as Angus had instructed him. – The End of the Rainbow by Marian Keith
  11. The front faces have no rake, and the file is shown as acting on both faces. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  12. She is exactly the kind of woman to be loved by Lavretsky, and to be desired by a rake like Panshin. – Essays on Russian Novelists by William Lyon Phelps
  13. Ah, Sir, I fear you are become but a sad rake! – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
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