Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something superlative of its kind, as a heavy bet (a ‘plunge’), or a fast rate of speed.
  • noun One who or that which rakes.
  • noun A machine for raking hay, straw, etc., by horse or other power.
  • noun An instrument for raking out the ashes from a fire or grate; in locomotives, a self-acting contrivance for cleaning the grate.
  • noun A gun so placed as to rake an enemy's vessel.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A rake-like row of internal branchial arch appendages of some fishes. See gill-raker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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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