Rake, n. The inclination of anything from a perpendicular direction; as, the rake of a roof, a staircase, etc.; especially Naut., the inclination of a mast or funnel, or, in general, of any part of a vessel not perpendicular to the keel.
Rake v. i.
1. To use a rake, as for searching or for collecting; to scrape; to search minutely.
One is for raking in Chaucer for antiquated words. --Dryden.
2. To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.
Pas could not stay, but over him did rake. --Sir P. Sidney.
1. An implement consisting of a headpiece having teeth, and a long handle at right angles to it, -- used for collecting hay, or other light things which are spread over a large surface, or for breaking and smoothing the earth.
2. A toothed machine drawn by a horse, -- used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
3. Mining A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so; -- called also rake-vein.
Gill rakes. Anat. See under 1st Gill.
Rake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raked p. pr. & vb. n. Raking.]
1. To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; -- often with up; as, he raked up the fallen leaves.
2. Hence: To collect or draw together with laborious industry; to gather from a wide space; to scrape together; as, to rake together wealth; to rake together slanderous tales; to rake together the rabble of a town.
3. To pass a rake over; to scrape or scratch with a rake for the purpose of collecting and clearing off something, or for stirring up the soil; as, to rake a lawn; to rake a flower bed.
4. To search through; to scour; to ransack.
The statesman rakes the town to find a plot. --Swift.
5. To scrape or scratch across; to pass over quickly and lightly, as a rake does.
Like clouds that rake the mountain summits. --Wordsworth.
6. Mil. To enfilade; to fire in a direction with the length of; in naval engagements, to cannonade, as a ship, on the stern or head so that the balls range the whole length of the deck.
To rake up. (a) To collect together, as the fire (live coals), and cover with ashes. (b) To bring up; to search out and bring to notice again; as, to rake up old scandals.
Rake, v. i. To incline from a perpendicular direction; as, a mast rakes aft.
Raking course Bricklaying, a course of bricks laid diagonally between the face courses in a thick wall, to strengthen it.
Rake, n. A loose, disorderly, vicious man; a person addicted to lewdness and other scandalous vices; a debauchee; a roué.
An illiterate and frivolous old rake. --Macaulay.
Rake, v. i.
1. To walk about; to gad or ramble idly. [Prov. Eng.]
2. To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.
To rake out Falconry, to fly too far and wide from its master while hovering above waiting till the game is sprung; -- said of the hawk.
n 1: a dissolute man in fashionable society [syn: profligate, rip,
2: degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; "the roof had a
steep pitch" [syn: pitch, slant]
3: a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to
move leaves or loosen soil
v 1: move through with or as if with a rake; "She raked her
fingers through her hair"
2: level or smooth with a rake; "rake gravel"
3: sweep the length of; "The gunfire raked the coast"
4: examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while
waiting for the taxi" [syn: scan, skim, glance over,
5: gather with a rake; "rake leaves"
6: scrape gently; "graze the skin" [syn: graze, crease]