Rake

Definition of Rake

Pronunciation: rākt
n.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.
v. t.1.To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; - often with up; as, he raked up the fallen leaves.
[imp. & p. p. Raked (rākt); p. pr. & vb. n. Raking.]
2.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.
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.
n.1.(Naut.) The inclination of anything from a perpendicular direction; as, the rake of a roof, a staircase, etc.
v. i.1.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.
n.1.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.
v. i.1.To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.
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.
- Encyc. Brit.

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