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

  • n. One that roves; a wanderer.
  • n. A crewed or uncrewed vehicle, used especially in exploring the terrain of a planet and its satellites.
  • n. Sports A mark in archery selected by chance.
  • n. A pirate.
  • n. A pirate vessel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A randomly selected target.
  • n. One who roves.
  • n. A vehicle for exploring extraterrestrial bodies.
  • n. Position in Australian Rules football, one of three of a team's followers, who follow the ball around the ground. Formerly a position for short players, rovers in professional leagues are frequently over 183 cm (6').
  • n. A pirate or pirate ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who practices robbery on the seas; a pirate.
  • n. One who wanders about by sea or land; a wanderer; a rambler.
  • n. Hence, a fickle, inconstant person.
  • n. A ball which has passed through all the hoops and would go out if it hit the stake but is continued in play; also, the player of such a ball.
  • n.
  • n. Casual marks at uncertain distances.
  • n. A sort of arrow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shoot at rovers; shoot arrows at other marks than the butt; shoot for height or distance.
  • n. A robber, especially a sea-robber; a freebooter; a pirate; a forager.
  • n. One who roves; a wanderer; one who rambles about, or goes at random from point to point.
  • n. Hence A fickle or inconstant person.
  • n. In archery: A person shooting at a mark with a longbow and arrow, or shooting merely for distance, the position of the archer being shifted with every shot, and not confined to a staked-out ground. The flight-arrow was used by the rover.
  • n. An arrow used by a rover. See flight-arrow.
  • n. An irregular or uncertain point to be aimed at; also, a mark at an uncertain or indefinite distance.
  • n. In architecture, any member, as a molding, that follows the line of a curve.
  • n. In croquet: A ball that has gone through all the hoops, and 330 only needs to strike the winning-stake to be out of the game.
  • n. A player whose ball is in the above condition.
  • n. To shoot at random, or without any particular aim.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
  • n. an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement

Etymologies

Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, robber, from roven, to rob; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English roven ("to wander, to shoot an arrow randomly") (Wiktionary)
From Middle Dutch, roven, to rob. Cognate with Danish and Norwegian røver ("robber, thief, highwayman, brigand"), Swedish rövare (Wiktionary)

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