from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who uses a rake.
  • n. A machine for raking grain or hay.
  • n. A gun so placed as to rake an enemy's ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, rakes.
  • n. A person who uses a rake.
  • n. A machine for raking grain or hay by horse or other power.
  • n. A gun so placed as to rake an enemy's ship.
  • n. See Gill rakers, under 1st Gill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which rakes.
  • n. A machine for raking hay, straw, etc., by horse or other power.
  • n. An instrument for raking out the ashes from a fire or grate; in locomotives, a self-acting contrivance for cleaning the grate.
  • n. A gun so placed as to rake an enemy's vessel.
  • n. A piece of iron having pointed ends bent at right angles in opposite directions, used for raking out decayed mortar from the joints of old walls, in order to replace it with new mortar.
  • n. A rake-like row of internal branchial arch appendages of some fishes. See gill-raker.
  • n. Something superlative of its kind, as a heavy bet (a ‘plunge’), or a fast rate of speed.


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  • And pit raker, which was exactly what it sounded like.

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  • If the raker had not been so tired and hot from the construction process, the proper mind set would have been easier to achieve.

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  • George Bush, worried about appearing to be a presidential buck-raker, will wait awhile before hitting the speech circuit.

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  • The college and grad school years were also occupied with working as a film projectionist, a blueberry raker, and a housepainter.

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  • They should be ashamed of themselves calling some one a muck raker, even in jest.

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  • To think of this presumptuous raker among coals and ashes going on before there, with his sign of mourning!

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  • With a name like that in this day and age, you will be lucky to gain willful employment as a raker of leaves.

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  • I'm a mover of opinions, if you will; a raker of muck, a gangster of political science, a lethal phrasemaker, a ... well you get the idea.

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  • The biggest buck-raker to date is commentator Armstrong Williams, who took $240,000 from the Education Department to promote the president's No Child Left Behind law.

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  • Noal took up the tale he had left off when Egeanin and Domon appeared, as well, a story of some supposed voyage on a Sea Folk raker.

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  • "The collecting of human excrement was a venerable occupation; in medieval times they night-soil men'>night-soil men were called 'rakers' and 'gong-fermors,' and they played an indispensable role in the waste-recycling system that helped London grow into a true metropolis, by selling the waste to farmers outside the city walls."

    —Steven Johnson, The Ghost Map (New York: Penguin, 2006), 8–9

    October 1, 2008