from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To speak wildly, irrationally, or incoherently.
- intransitive v. To roar; rage: The storm raved along the coast.
- intransitive v. To speak or write with wild enthusiasm: Critics raved about the new play.
- intransitive v. To attend a rave.
- transitive v. To utter or express in a frenzied manner.
- n. The act or an instance of raving.
- n. Informal An extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review: The play received raves.
- n. An all-night dance party, especially one where techno, house, or other electronically synthesized music is played.
- n. Chiefly British A raucous party; a rave-up.
- adj. Informal Relating to or being an extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An enthusiastic review (such as of a play).
- n. An all night dance party filled with electronic dance music (techno, trance, drum and bass etc.) and possibly drug use.
- v. To speak or write wildly or incoherently'
- v. To attend a rave (dance party).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of rive.
- n. One of the upper side pieces of the frame of a wagon body or a sleigh.
- intransitive v. To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging, as a madman.
- intransitive v. To rush wildly or furiously.
- intransitive v. To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; -- followed by about, of, or on.
- transitive v. To utter in madness or frenzy; to say wildly.
- n. An instance of raving.
- n. A highly flattering or enthusiastic review of a play, book, etc.
- n. A clamorous dance party, especially one featuring a band or disc jockey playing loud modern rock music oriented toward young people, held in a large room such as a warehouse, often organized by an informal or ad hoc sponsor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To talk like a madman; speak with delirious or passionate extravagance; declaim madly or irrationally; rage in speech.
- To talk about something with exaggerated earnestness, and usually with little judgment or coherence; declaim enthusiastically, immoderately, or ignorantly.
- To produce a brawling or turbulent sound; move or act boisterously: used of the action of the elements.
- To utter in frenzy; say in a wild and excited manner.
- An obsolete preterit of rive.
- To rive.
- Same as reave, 3.
- To tear up; pull or tear the thatch or covering from (a house): same as reave, 4.
- n. A tearing; a hole or opening made by tearing out or away: as, a rave in an old building.
- n. One of the side pieces of the body of a wagon or other vehicle.
- n. A turnip.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played
- v. talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
- v. praise enthusiastically
- n. an extravagantly enthusiastic review
- v. participate in an all-night techno dance party
Middle English raven, from Old North French raver, variant of resver, to dream, wander, rave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French raver, variant of resver, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)