Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To rout, especially out of bed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to rout out of bed; to rouse
  • v. to arrest
  • n. A strong tide or current, especially in a narrow channel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong tide or current, especially in a narrow channel.
  • transitive v. To rouse; to disturb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rouse or disturb; rout out; stir or start up.
  • To stir or act briskly; move or work energetically. Compare roustabout.
  • To drive fiercely, as a current.
  • n. A tidal current.

Etymologies

Probably alteration of rouse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I fancied that I could even hear the deep "roust" she made as she respired the air, without which she cannot exist any more than animals of the land or air.

    Peter the Whaler

  • Some law-enforcement authorities went all the way to Turkey to roust alleged mortgage fraudster Diane H. Frederick Atari.

    Crime and Punishment

  • If your kids go wading into the water by the fountain it's likely the Lake Corporation coppers in their boat will come and roust them out.

    Wednesday lunch in L.O. (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • He also knows Jose will roust the new guy from bed if he's overslept or had a boozy weekend.

    Ray Suarez: Why America Now?

  • And in my book-walled den, the mausoleum of the thoughts of men, I take my drink, and other drinks, and roust out the sleeping dogs from the recesses of my brain and hallo them on over the walls of prejudice and law and through all the cunning labyrinths of superstition and belief.

    Chapter 36

  • Why should these companies bring jobs back here, when over there they can roust thousands from dorms at midnight and make them use toxic chemicals for 12 hours a day for very low pay to make iPhone screens that he can sell at fantastically high prices?

    Dave Johnson: China Is Very "Business-Friendly"

  • No American plant can roust workers out of nearby dorms at midnight to force them onto a 12-hour shift.

    Dave Johnson: China Is Very "Business-Friendly"

  • If we first looked at them in kind-ness, it would be a whole lot more difficult to roust the anger and hatred and fear necessary to corrupt their legitimacy.

    Sarah O'Leary: Kind-ness

  • The eye is naturally drawn to action, and so the first time through Peter Bentley's "King Jack and the Dragon" Dial Books for Young Readers, 32 pages, $17.99 , young children may be inclined to focus on gallant Jack and his friend, Zak, as they brandish wooden swords to roust a host of imaginary beasts.

    A Tiny Ambassador to Entrancing Worlds

  • So the "democratic move" was to have the Honduran military roust the President from his bed, under gunfire and in the wee hours of the morning, stuff him on a plane — still in his pajamas — and force him into exile.

    You and Whose Army? « Antiwar.com Blog

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