from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To search or examine thoroughly.
- transitive v. To search carefully for plunder; pillage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To loot or pillage. See also sack.
- v. To make a vigorous and thorough search of (a place, person) with a view to stealing something, especially when leaving behind a state of disarray.
- v. To examine carefully; to investigate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To search thoroughly; to search every place or part of.
- transitive v. To plunder; to pillage completely.
- transitive v. To violate; to ravish; to defiour.
- intransitive v. To make a thorough search.
- n. The act of ransacking, or state of being ransacked; pillage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To search thoroughly; seek carefully in all parts of; explore, point by point, for what is desired; overhaul in detail.
- To sack; pillage completely; strip by plundering.
- To obtain by ransacking or pillage; seize upon; carry off; ravish.
- To violate; deflower: as, “ransackt chastity,”
- To make penetrating search or inquisition; pry; rummage.
- n. Detailed search or inquisition; careful investigation.
- n. A ransacking; search for plunder; pillage; sack.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. steal goods; take as spoils
- v. search thoroughly
Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsaka : rann, house + *saka, to search, seek; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsakka, from rann ("house") + saka ("search"); probably influenced by sack (Wiktionary)