from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To speak wildly, irrationally, or incoherently.
  • intransitive verb To move with great violence or intensity.
  • intransitive verb To speak or write with wild enthusiasm.
  • intransitive verb To attend a rave.
  • intransitive verb To utter or express in a frenzied or unrestrained manner.
  • noun The act or an instance of raving.
  • noun Informal An extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review.
  • noun An all-night dance party, especially one at which techno, house, or other electronically synthesized music is played.
  • noun Chiefly British A raucous party; a rave-up.
  • adjective Relating to or being an extravagantly enthusiastic opinion or review.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete preterit of rive.
  • To rive.
  • To talk like a madman; speak with delirious or passionate extravagance; declaim madly or irrationally; rage in speech.
  • To talk about something with exaggerated earnestness, and usually with little judgment or coherence; declaim enthusiastically, immoderately, or ignorantly.
  • To produce a brawling or turbulent sound; move or act boisterously: used of the action of the elements.
  • To utter in frenzy; say in a wild and excited manner.
  • Same as reave, 3.
  • To tear up; pull or tear the thatch or covering from (a house): same as reave, 4.
  • noun A tearing; a hole or opening made by tearing out or away: as, a rave in an old building.
  • noun One of the side pieces of the body of a wagon or other vehicle.
  • noun A turnip.

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

  • imp. of rive.
  • noun One of the upper side pieces of the frame of a wagon body or a sleigh.
  • transitive verb To utter in madness or frenzy; to say wildly.
  • noun An instance of raving.
  • noun A highly flattering or enthusiastic review of a play, book, etc.
  • noun originally British slang A clamorous dance party, especially one featuring a band or disc jockey playing loud modern rock music oriented toward young people, held in a large room such as a warehouse, often organized by an informal or ad hoc sponsor.
  • intransitive verb To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging, as a madman.
  • intransitive verb To rush wildly or furiously.
  • intransitive verb To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; -- followed by about, of, or on.

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

  • noun An enthusiastic review (such as of a play).
  • noun An all night dance party filled with electronic dance music (techno, trance, drum and bass etc.) and possibly drug use.
  • verb To speak or write wildly or incoherently'
  • verb To attend a rave (dance party).

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

  • noun a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played
  • verb talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
  • verb praise enthusiastically
  • noun an extravagantly enthusiastic review
  • verb participate in an all-night techno dance party


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

[Middle English raven, from Old North French raver, variant of resver, to dream, wander, rave.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French raver, variant of resver, of uncertain origin.


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