Definition for RAKE

RAKE, v.i.

  1. To scrape: to scratch into for finding something; to search minutely and meanly; as, to rake into a dunghill. – South.
  2. To search with minute inspection into every part. One is for raking in Chaucer for antiquated words. – Dryden.
  3. To pass with violence or rapidity. Pas could not stay, but over him did rake. – Sidney.
  4. To seek by raking; as, to rake for oysters.
  5. To lead a dissolute, debauched life. – Shenstone.
  6. To incline from a perpendicular direction; as, a mast rakes aft.

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