Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or property of being rough, in any sense of that word; physical, mental, or moral want of smoothness or equability; asperity, coarseness, harshness, rudeness, etc.
  • noun Fodder for animals, consisting of dried cornstalks cut into short pieces.
  • noun Synonyms See rough.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being rough.

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  • noun The property of being rough, coarseness.

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

  • noun a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
  • noun harsh or severe speech or behavior
  • noun the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion
  • noun the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses
  • noun rowdy behavior
  • noun used of the sea during inclement or stormy weather
  • noun an unpolished unrefined quality

Etymologies

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rough +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Not just on acting ability, but all of them have a certain roughness to their appearance which Ledger just doesn't have.

    Filmstalker: Heath Ledger is The Joker?

  • The chaos and irregularity of the world - Mandelbrot referred to it as "roughness" - is something to be celebrated.

    BBC News - Home

  • The Android team's mandate to continuously iterate is admirable, but according to Lockheimer, it accounts for some of Android's so-called roughness.

    Ars Technica

  • The Android team's mandate to continuously iterate is admirable, but according to Lockheimer, it accounts for some of Android's so-called roughness.

    Wired Top Stories

  • The Android team's mandate to continuously iterate is admirable, but according to Lockheimer, it accounts for some of Android's so-called roughness.

    Ars Technica

  • It was the other kind of roughness in which resided no warm affection, no heart-touch of love.

    CHAPTER VII

  • But balls need a certain "roughness" to maintain balanced flight, so Mr. N rnberg's team added the texturing so it wouldn't wobble like a beach ball.

    The Ball They Can't Leave Alone

  • Crowley: It is the kind of roughness that made her a household name, but in the end it may also make Sarah Palin a player who helps shape the party, not a player who leads it.

    CNN Transcript Nov 14, 2009

  • Mr. BEN RATLIFF (Music Critic, The New York Times): The first time you hear Ornette, there's this kind of roughness and chaos in it.

    Ornette Coleman: Decades of Jazz on the Edge

  • There was something odd about the transit, a kind of roughness, perhaps a heartbeat longer of disorientation, but Denoriel accepted that as a difference in the kind of magic Treowth and Gilfaethwy used.

    This Scepter'd Isle

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