American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move about without purpose or plan; wander. See Synonyms at wander.
- v. To wander over or through: roamed the streets.
- n. The act or an instance of roaming.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To walk; go; proceed.
- To wander; ramble; rove; walk or move about from place to place without any certain purpose or direction.
- Synonyms Rove, Wander, etc. See ramble.
- To range; wander over: as, to roam the woods.
- n. The act of wandering; a ramble.
- v. intransitive To wander or travel freely and with no specific destination.
- v. intransitive, computing, telecommunications To use a network or service from different locations or devices.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To go from place to place without any certain purpose or direction; to rove; to wander.
- v. To range or wander over.
- n. The act of roaming; a wandering; a ramble.
- v. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
- From Middle English romen, from Old English *rāmian, from Proto-Germanic *raimōnan (“to wander”), from *raim- (“to move, raise”), from Proto-Indo-European *rī-, *reyw-, *(o)reyǝ- (“to move, lift, flow”). Akin to Old English ārǣman "to arise, stand up, lift up", Old High German rāmēn ("to aim") ( > archaic German rahmen ("to strive")), Middle Dutch rammen "to night-wander, copulate", rammelen "to wander about, ramble". More at ramble (Wiktionary)
- Middle English romen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“TV commentators roam from the far right to three ticks left of center and it has been that way since the sixties.”
“I am one of those addicted Striper Hunters ... from the boat, the surf ... where ever they roam is where I want to be.”
““Zombies will roam GR again” www. woodtv.com: Zombies will once again roam the streets of downtown Grand Rapids the night before Halloween.”
“But can Ed Belfour contain himself on the ice now that he won't be permitted to roam from the crease so much?”
“Sailfish, roosterfish, dorado, and blue marlin roam these waters all year, but the action peaks during certain periods.”
“The titles roam through six decades, from 1930 to 1990.”
“And although the cast is small, the ideas roam, which is more what I meant when discussing GLASSHOUSE.”
“He let the idea roam free in his mind for a few seconds.”
“Dogs DO need space to run and roam, which is why it has always seemed to me rather cruel to keep big dogs in city apartments.”
“The fact of the matter is some folks do leave their animals outside and allow their cats to roam, which is why whenever you park your car, whether it be in your driveway or after holiday shopping, it is a good idea to give a few sharp knocks to the hood of your car before you start the engine.”
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