Dictionary: ROAR – ROBE

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ROAR, v.i. [Sax. rarian, to roar; W. rhawr, the roaring of the sea.]

  1. To cry with a full, loud, continued sound; to bellow, as a beast; as, a roaring bull; a roaring lion. – Shak. Dryden.
  2. To cry aloud, as in distress. The suff'ring chief / Roar'd out for anguish. – Dryden.
  3. To cry aloud; to bawl; as a child.
  4. To cause a loud continued sound. We say, the sea or the wind roars; a company roar in acclamation.
  5. To make a loud noise. The brazen throat of war had ceas'd to roar. – Milton.


One that roars, man or beast.


The cry of a lion or other beast; outcry of distress, Job iii.; loud continued sound of the billows of the sea or of a tempest. – Is. v.

ROAR-ING, ppr.

Crying like a bull or lion; uttering a deep loud sound.


In a roaring manner.

ROAR-Y, a.

Dewy; more properly Rory.

ROAST, a. [for roasted.]

Roasted; as, roast beef.

ROAST, n.1

That which is roasted.

ROAST, n.2

In the phrase, to rule the roast, this word is a contempt pronunciation of the G. rath, counsel, Dan. and D. raad; Sw. råd.

ROAST, v.t. [W. rhostiaw; Ir. rostam; Arm. rosta; Fr. rôtir; It. arrostire; D. roosten; G. rösten; Sw. rosta; Dan. rister, to roast, and rist, a gridiron, G. rost. If the verb is from the noun, the sense is to dress or cook on a gridiron or grate, and rist, rost, coincide in elements with L. rastellum, a rake. If the verb is the root, the sense probably is to contract or crisp, or to throw or agitate, hence to make rough. The Welsh has also crasu, to roast, from crâs. This coincides with crisp.]

  1. To cook, dress, or prepare meat for the table by exposing it to heat, as on a spit, in a bake-pan, in an oven or the like. We now say, to roast meat on a spit, in a pan, or in a tin oven, &c.; to bake meat in an oven; to broil meat on a gridiron.
  2. To prepare for food by exposure to heat; as, to roast apples or potatoes; to roast eggs.
  3. To heat to excess; to heat violently. Roasted in wrath and fire. – Shak.
  4. To dry and parch by exposure to heat; as, to roast coffee.
  5. In metallurgy, to dissipate the volatile parts of ore by heat.
  6. In common discourse, to jeer; to banter severely. – Scott.


Dressed by exposure to heat on a spit.


  1. One that roasts meat; also, a gridiron.
  2. A pig for roasting.


A severe teasing or bantering.


  1. The act of roasting, as meat.
  2. In metallurgy, the protracted application of heat, below a fusing point, to metallic ores.


  1. Preparing for the table by exposure to heat on a spit; drying and parching.
  2. Bantering with severity.

ROB, n. [Sp. rob; Ar. رَابَ rauba, to be thick.]

The inspissated juice of ripe fruit, mixed with honey or sugar to the consistence of a conserve. – Sp. Dict.

ROB, v.t. [G. rauben; D. rooven; Sw. roffa and röfva; Dan. röver; It. rubare; Sp. robar; Port. roubar; Pers. رُبُودَنْ robodan. This word has the elements of W. rhaib, a snatching, Sax. reafian, L. rapio, Fr. ravir. Class Rb, No. 26, 27, 29, 30.]

  1. In law, to take from the person of another feloniously, forcibly and by putting him in fear; as, to rob a passenger on the road. – Blackstone.
  2. To seize and carry from any thing by violence and with felonious intent; as, to rob a coach; to rob the mail.
  3. To plunder; to strip unlawfully; as, to rob an orchard; to rob a man of his just praise.
  4. To take away by oppression or by violence. Rob not the poor because he is poor. – Prov. xxii.
  5. To take from; to deprive. A large tree robs smaller plants near it of their nourishment.
  6. In a loose sense, to steal; to take privately without permission of the owner. – Tooke.
  7. To withhold what is due. – Mal. iii.


A fish found in Mexico, which affords a most delicate food. – Clavigero.

ROB'BE, n. [G.]

The sea dog or seal.

ROB'BED, pp.

Deprived feloniously and by violence; plundered; seized and carried away by violence.


  1. In law, one that takes goods or money from the person of another by force or menaces, and with a felonious intent. – Blackstone.
  2. In a looser sense, one who takes that to which he has no right; one who steals, plunders or strips by violence and wrong.


  1. In law, the forcible and felonious taking from the person of another any money or goods, putting him in fear, that is, by violence or by menaces of death or personal injury. Robbery differs from theft, as it is a violent felonious taking from the person or presence of another; whereas theft is a felonious taking of goods privately from the person, dwelling, &c. of another. These words should not be confounded.
  2. A plundering; a pillaging; a taking away by violence, wrong or oppression.

ROB'BING, ppr.

Feloniously taking from the person of another; putting him in fear; stripping; plundering; taking from another unlawfully or by wrong or oppression.

ROB'BINS, or ROPE'-BANDS, n. [rope and bands.]

Short flat plaited pieces of rope with an eye in one end, used in pairs to tie the upper edges of square sails to their yards. – Mar. Dict.

ROBE, n. [Fr. robe; Sp. ropa; Port. roupa; Ir. roba; It. roba, a robe, and goods or estate; far roba, to get money; robone, a long gown; robbiccia, trifles, idle stuff. The Spanish and Portuguese words signify clothing in general, cloth, stuff, wearing apparel, also a loose garment worn over the rest, a gown; Sp. ropage is wearing apparel, drapery; roperia, the trade of dealers in clothes. In Sp. and Port. then the word coincides with the Fr. drap, Eng. drapery and frippery. In Sax. reaf is clothing in general, and spoil, plunder, from reafian, to rob. From these facts, let the reader judge whether this word had its origin in rubbing, like wearing apparel, or from stripping, the name being originally given to skins, the primitive clothing of rude nations.]

  1. A kind of gown or long loose garment worn over other dress, particularly by persons in elevated stations. The robe is properly a dress of state or dignity, as of princes, judges, priests, &c. See Exod. xxix. 55. 1 Sam. xxiv. 4. Matth. xxvii. 28.
  2. A splendid female gown or garment. – 2 Sam. xiii.
  3. An elegant dress; splendid attire.
  4. In Scripture, the vesture of purity or righteousness, and of happiness. – Job xxix. Luke xv.