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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROVING

There, for the first time in history, man had ceased to be a roving animal.

The hunters were roving the open, and even Hal Dozier was at fault.

My roving excursion this day had fatigued my body, and diverted my imagination.

On the other hand, the quick, roving eye of the scout seldom rested.

Rain had driven to shelter the roving dogs which had troubled us last night.

Valerie de Ventadour had been but the fancy of a roving breast.

Our honeymoon—years of it—will be spent in the Nomad, roving the universe.

I'm a roving vagabond—she hates me for evermore—it's all over!'

In roving across the orchestra to the foot-lights my eyes were arrested.

The bobbins holding the roving are placed directly over the spindles.

WORD ORIGIN

"to wander with no fixed destination," 1530s (earliest sense was "to shoot arrows at a mark selected at pleasure or at random," late 15c.); possibly a Midlands dialectal variant of northern English and Scottish rave "to wander, stray," from Middle English raven, probably from Old Norse rafa "to wander, rove" (cf. rave (v.)). Influenced by rover, if not a back-formation from it. Related: Roved; roving.

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