from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To arouse from slumber, apathy, or depression.
- transitive v. To excite, as to anger or action; stir up. See Synonyms at provoke.
- intransitive v. To awaken.
- intransitive v. To become active.
- n. The act or an instance of arousing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an arousal
- n. an official ceremony over drinks
- n. The sounding of a bugle in the morning after reveille, to signal that soldiers are to rise from bed, often the rouse.
- v. to wake or be awoken from sleep, or from apathy
- v. to provoke (someone) to anger or action
- v. To pull by main strength; to haul
- v. To be excited to thought or action from a state of indolence or inattention.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To pull or haul strongly and all together, as upon a rope, without the assistance of mechanical appliances.
- n. A bumper in honor of a toast or health.
- n. A carousal; a festival; a drinking frolic.
- transitive v. To cause to start from a covert or lurking place.
- transitive v. To wake from sleep or repose.
- transitive v. To excite to lively thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference.
- transitive v. To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.
- transitive v. To raise; to make erect.
- intransitive v. To get or start up; to rise.
- intransitive v. To awake from sleep or repose.
- intransitive v. To be exited to thought or action from a state of indolence or inattention.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to start up by noise or clamor, especially from sleep; startle into movement or activity; in hunting, to drive or frighten from a lurking-place or covert.
- To raise or waken from torpor or inaction by any means; provoke to activity; wake or stir up: said of animate beings.
- To evoke a commotion in or about: said of inanimate things.
- Hence To move or stir up vigorously by direct force; use energetic means for raising, stirring, or moving along. In this sense still sometimes written rowse.
- To raise up; erect; rear; fix in an elevated position.
- To put and turn over or work about in salt, as fish in the operation of rousing; roil.
- Nautical, to haul heavily.
- Synonyms and To animate, kindle, stimulate, provoke, stir up.
- To start or rise up, as from sleep, repose, or inaction; throw off torpor or quietude; make a stir or movement.
- To rise; become erect; stand up.
- Nautical, to haul with great force, as upon a cable or the like.
- n. An arousing; a sudden start or movement, as from torpor or inaction; also, a signal for arousing or starting up; the reveille.
- As if suddenly aroused; rousingly; vehemently.
- n. Wine or other liquor considered as an inducement to mirth or drunkenness; a full glass; a bumper.
- n. Hence Noise; intemperate mirth.
- Same as roose.
- To blow air through (the wort of beer) in order to aid in the development of the yeast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become active
- v. cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
- v. cause to become awake or conscious
- v. force or drive out
In fact, this rouse is so clever that your credit card statement will even show “donation to Planned Parenthood”.
However, I've never eaten a single rouse from a bowl of rice.
In these circumstances why should Pechorin rouse himself to care about anything?
Gold you have none to bestow, but you can give interest; you can, in short, rouse others to help the helpless.
She could speak with them and share their interests less whole-heartedly than of old; but they set it down to her tribulation and tried to "rouse" her.
The first sort therefore he divideth either into such as rouse the beast, and continue the chase, or springeth the bird, and bewrayeth her flight by pursuit.
Yesterday morning, just before daylight in Fort Willshire, I desired his bugler to blow the "rouse," which you well remember.
It pleased him to assure her that his mates were men of their word, and had promised to pay the old lord with a 'rouse' for it, nothing worse.
Lord Vincent followed Mrs. Dugald's advice and tried to "rouse" himself.
Any spot of earth that has been for some time the theatre of heart-stirring events, such as rouse men's strong emotions, and on which happy and hopeful as well as wretched days have been spent, will so entwine itself with the affections of men that they will cling to it and love it, more or less powerfully, no matter how barren may be the spot or how dreary its general aspect.