rake
Pronunciation Noun

rake (plural rakes)

  1. A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. […]. Ikey the blacksmith had forged us a spearhead after a sketch from a picture of a Greek warrior; and a rake-handle served as a shaft.
  2. (Ireland, slang) A lot, plenty.
    Jim has had a rake of trouble with his new car.
  3. (rail, UK) A set of coupled rail vehicles, normally coaches or wagons.
    The train was formed of a locomotive and a rake of six coaches.
  4. (cellular automata) A puffer that emits a stream of spaceships rather than a trail of debris.
  5. The scaled commission fee taken by a cardroom operating a poker game.
  6. A toothed machine drawn by a horse, used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
  7. (mining) A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: bordo spiovente
Translations
  • German: Schwader
Verb

rake (rakes, present participle raking; past and past participle raked)

  1. To use a rake on (leaves, debris, soil, a lawn, etc) in order to loosen, gather together, or remove debris from.
    We raked all the leaves into a pile
  2. To search thoroughly.
    • Detectives appeared, roped the curious people out of the grounds, and raked the place for clews.
    • raking in Chaucer for antiquated words
    • c. 1724, Jonathan Swift, On Dreams
      The statesman rakes the town to find a plot.
  3. To spray with gunfire.
    the enemy machine guns raked the roadway
  4. To claw at; to scratch.
    Her sharp fingernails raked the side of my face.
    • like clouds that rake the mountain summits
  5. To gather, especially quickly (often as rake in)
    The casino is just raking in the cash; it's like a license to print money.
  6. (intransitive) To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.
    • Pas could not stay, but over him did rake.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Noun

rake (plural rakes)

  1. Slope, divergence from the horizontal or perpendicular.
  2. (geology) The direction of slip during fault movement. The rake is measured within the fault plane.
  3. (roofing) The sloped edge of a roof at or adjacent to the first or last rafter.
Translations
  • Russian: уклон
Verb

rake (rakes, present participle raking; past and past participle raked)

  1. (intransitive) To proceed rapidly; to move swiftly.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To guide; to direct
  3. (intransitive) To incline from a perpendicular direction.
    A mast rakes aft.
Translations
  • Russian: наклонить
Noun

rake (plural rakes)

  1. A man habituated to immoral conduct.
    • We now have rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and grave politicians in the dress of Rakes. —the Spectator
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rake (rakes, present participle raking; past and past participle raked)

  1. (UK, dialect, dated) To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.
  2. (UK, dialect, dated) To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.
  3. (hunting, intransitive) Of a dog or hawk, to follow the wrong course; to go wide of the game being pursued.
Synonyms Noun

rake (plural rakes)

  1. (provincial, Northern England) A course; direction; stretch.
  2. (provincial, Northern England, for animals) A range, stray.
    a sheep-raik = a sheep-walk
Verb

rake (rakes, present participle raking; past and past participle raked)

  1. (provincial, Northern England) To run or rove.

Rake
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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