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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rouse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Roused p. pr. & vb. n. Rousing.]
 1. To cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to rouse a deer or other animal of the chase.
    Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes.   --Spenser.
    Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound.   --Pope.
 2. To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or suddenly.
 3. To excite to lively thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions.
    To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in Christendom.   --Atterbury.
 4. To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.
 Blustering winds, which all night long
 Had roused the sea.   --Milton.
 5. To raise; to make erect. [Obs.]