4 letter word starting with ro

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rove imp. & past participle of Reeve, To draw through an eye or aperture., To draw out into flakes; to card, as wool., To twist slightly; to bring together, as slivers of wool or cotton, and twist slightly before spinning., A copper washer upon which the end of a nail is clinched in boat building., A roll or sliver of wool or cotton drawn out and slighty twisted, preparatory to further process; a roving., To practice robbery on the seas; to wander about on the seas in piracy., Hence, to wander; to ramble; to rauge; to go, move, or pass without certain direction in any manner, by sailing, walking, riding, flying, or otherwise., To shoot at rovers; hence, to shoot at an angle of elevation, not at point-blank (rovers usually being beyond the point-blank range)., To wander over or through., To plow into ridges by turning the earth of two furrows together., The act of wandering; a ramble.
rode imp. of Ride, Redness; complexion., imp. of Ride., See Rood, the cross.
rose imp. of Rise, imp. of Rise., A flower and shrub of any species of the genus Rosa, of which there are many species, mostly found in the morthern hemispere, A knot of ribbon formed like a rose; a rose knot; a rosette, esp. one worn on a shoe., A rose window. See Rose window, below., A perforated nozzle, as of a pipe, spout, etc., for delivering water in fine jets; a rosehead; also, a strainer at the foot of a pump., The erysipelas., The card of the mariner’s compass; also, a circular card with radiating lines, used in other instruments., The color of a rose; rose-red; pink., A diamond. See Rose diamond, below., To render rose-colored; to redden; to flush., To perfume, as with roses.
road noun A journey, or stage of a journey., An inroad; an invasion; a raid., A place where one may ride; an open way or public passage for vehicles, persons, and animals; a track for travel, forming a means of communication between one city, town, or place, and another., A place where ships may ride at anchor at some distance from the shore; a roadstead; — often in the plural; as, Hampton Roads.
roam verb i. To go from place to place without any certain purpose or direction; to rove; to wander., To range or wander over., The act of roaming; a wandering; a ramble; as, he began his roam o’er hill amd dale.
roan adjective Having a bay, chestnut, brown, or black color, with gray or white thickly interspersed; — said of a horse., Made of the leather called roan; as, roan binding., The color of a roan horse; a roan color., A roan horse., A kind of leather used for slippers, bookbinding, etc., made from sheepskin, tanned with sumac and colored to imitate ungrained morocco.
roar verb i. To cry with a full, loud, continued sound., To bellow, or utter a deep, loud cry, as a lion or other beast., To cry loudly, as in pain, distress, or anger., To make a loud, confused sound, as winds, waves, passing vehicles, a crowd of persons when shouting together, or the like., To be boisterous; to be disorderly., To laugh out loudly and continuously; as, the hearers roared at his jokes., To make a loud noise in breathing, as horses having a certain disease. See Roaring, 2., To cry aloud; to proclaim loudly., The sound of roaring., The deep, loud cry of a wild beast; as, the roar of a lion., The cry of one in pain, distress, anger, or the like., A loud, continuous, and confused sound; as, the roar of a cannon, of the wind, or the waves; the roar of ocean., A boisterous outcry or shouting, as in mirth.
robe verb t. An outer garment; a dress of a rich, flowing, and elegant style or make; hence, a dress of state, rank, office, or the like., A skin of an animal, especially, a skin of the bison, dressed with the fur on, and used as a wrap., To invest with a robe or robes; to dress; to array; as, fields robed with green.
rock noun See Roc., A distaff used in spinning; the staff or frame about which flax is arranged, and from which the thread is drawn in spinning., A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See Stone., Any natural deposit forming a part of the earth’s crust, whether consolidated or not, including sand, earth, clay, etc., when in natural beds., That which resembles a rock in firmness; a defense; a support; a refuge., Fig.: Anything which causes a disaster or wreck resembling the wreck of a vessel upon a rock., The striped bass. See under Bass., To cause to sway backward and forward, as a body resting on a support beneath; as, to rock a cradle or chair; to cause to vibrate; to cause to reel or totter., To move as in a cradle; hence, to put to sleep by rocking; to still; to quiet., To move or be moved backward and forward; to be violently agitated; to reel; to totter., To roll or saway backward and forward upon a support; as, to rock in a rocking-chair.
rody adjective Ruddy.
roed adjective Filled with roe.
roil verb To render turbid by stirring up the dregs or sediment of; as, to roil wine, cider, etc. , in casks or bottles; to roil a spring., To disturb, as the temper; to ruffle the temper of; to rouse the passion of resentment in; to perplex., To wander; to roam., To romp.
roin verb t. See Royne., A scab; a scurf, or scurfy spot.
roke noun Mist; smoke; damp, A vein of ore.
roky adjective Misty; foggy; cloudy.
role noun A part, or character, performed by an actor in a drama; hence, a part of function taken or assumed by any one; as, he has now taken the role of philanthropist.
roll noun To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface; as, to roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel., To wrap round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over; as, to roll a sheet of paper; to roll parchment; to roll clay or putty into a ball., To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; — often with up; as, to roll up a parcel., To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean., To utter copiously, esp. with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; — often with forth, or out; as, to roll forth some one’s praises; to roll out sentences., To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers; as, to roll a field; to roll paste; to roll steel rails, etc., To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels., To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon., To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in suck manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal., To turn over in one’s mind; to revolve., To move, as a curved object may, along a surface by rotation without sliding; to revolve upon an axis; to turn over and over; as, a ball or wheel rolls on the earth; a body rolls on an inclined plane., To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street., To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well., To fall or tumble; — with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice., To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away., To turn; to move circularly., To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression., To incline first to one side, then to the other; to rock; as, there is a great difference in ships about rolling; in a general semse, to be tossed about., To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls., To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste rolls well., To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear., To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls., The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves., That which rolls; a roller., A heavy cylinder used to break clods., One of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill; as, to pass rails through the rolls., That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc., A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll., Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list., A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon., A cylindrical twist of tobacco., A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself., The oscillating movement of a vessel from side to side, in sea way, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching., A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder., The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear., Part; office; duty; role.
romp verb i. To play rudely and boisterously; to leap and frisk about in play., A girl who indulges in boisterous play., Rude, boisterous play or frolic; rough sport.
rong imp. & p. p. of Ring., Rung (of a ladder).
ront noun A runt.
rood noun A representation in sculpture or in painting of the cross with Christ hanging on it., A measure of five and a half yards in length; a rod; a perch; a pole., The fourth part of an acre, or forty square rods.
roof noun The cover of any building, including the roofing (see Roofing) and all the materials and construction necessary to carry and maintain the same upon the walls or other uprights. In the case of a building with vaulted ceilings protected by an outer roof, some writers call the vault the roof, and the outer protection the roof mask. It is better, however, to consider the vault as the ceiling only, in cases where it has farther covering., That which resembles, or corresponds to, the covering or the ceiling of a house; as, the roof of a cavern; the roof of the mouth., The surface or bed of rock immediately overlying a bed of coal or a flat vein., To cover with a roof., To inclose in a house; figuratively, to shelter.
rook noun Mist; fog. See Roke., To squat; to ruck., One of the four pieces placed on the corner squares of the board; a castle., A European bird (Corvus frugilegus) resembling the crow, but smaller. It is black, with purple and violet reflections. The base of the beak and the region around it are covered with a rough, scabrous skin, which in old birds is whitish. It is gregarious in its habits. The name is also applied to related Asiatic species., A trickish, rapacious fellow; a cheat; a sharper., To cheat; to defraud by cheating.
room noun Unobstructed spase; space which may be occupied by or devoted to any object; compass; extent of place, great or small; as, there is not room for a house; the table takes up too much room., A particular portion of space appropriated for occupancy; a place to sit, stand, or lie; a seat., Especially, space in a building or ship inclosed or set apart by a partition; an apartment or chamber., Place or position in society; office; rank; post; station; also, a place or station once belonging to, or occupied by, another, and vacated., Possibility of admission; ability to admit; opportunity to act; fit occasion; as, to leave room for hope., To occupy a room or rooms; to lodge; as, they arranged to room together., Spacious; roomy.
roon adjective & noun Vermilion red; red.
roop noun See Roup.
root verb i. To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine., Hence, to seek for favor or advancement by low arts or groveling servility; to fawn servilely., To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth., The underground portion of a plant, whether a true root or a tuber, a bulb or rootstock, as in the potato, the onion, or the sweet flag., The descending, and commonly branching, axis of a plant, increasing in length by growth at its extremity only, not divided into joints, leafless and without buds, and having for its offices to fix the plant in the earth, to supply it with moisture and soluble matters, and sometimes to serve as a reservoir of nutriment for future growth. A true root, however, may never reach the ground, but may be attached to a wall, etc., as in the ivy, or may hang loosely in the air, as in some epiphytic orchids., An edible or esculent root, especially of such plants as produce a single root, as the beet, carrot, etc.; as, the root crop., That which resembles a root in position or function, esp. as a source of nourishment or support; that from which anything proceeds as if by growth or development; as, the root of a tooth, a nail, a cancer, and the like., An ancestor or progenitor; and hence, an early race; a stem., A primitive form of speech; one of the earliest terms employed in language; a word from which other words are formed; a radix, or radical., The cause or occasion by which anything is brought about; the source., That factor of a quantity which when multiplied into itself will produce that quantity; thus, 3 is a root of 9, because 3 multiplied into itself produces 9; 3 is the cube root of 27., The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed., The lowest place, position, or part., The time which to reckon in making calculations., To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow., To be firmly fixed; to be established., To plant and fix deeply in the earth, or as in the earth; to implant firmly; hence, to make deep or radical; to establish; — used chiefly in the participle; as, rooted trees or forests; rooted dislike., To tear up by the root; to eradicate; to extirpate; — with up, out, or away.
rope noun A large, stout cord, usually one not less than an inch in circumference, made of strands twisted or braided together. It differs from cord, line, and string, only in its size. See Cordage., A row or string consisting of a number of things united, as by braiding, twining, etc.; as, a rope of onions., The small intestines; as, the ropes of birds., To be formed into rope; to draw out or extend into a filament or thread, as by means of any glutinous or adhesive quality., To bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord; as, to rope a bale of goods., To connect or fasten together, as a party of mountain climbers, with a rope., To partition, separate, or divide off, by means of a rope, so as to include or exclude something; as, to rope in, or rope off, a plot of ground; to rope out a crowd., To lasso (a steer, horse)., To draw, as with a rope; to entice; to inveigle; to decoy; as, to rope in customers or voters., To prevent from winning (as a horse), by pulling or curbing.
ropy adjective capable of being drawn into a thread, as a glutinous substance; stringy; viscous; tenacious; glutinous; as ropy sirup; ropy lees.
rory adjective Dewy.
ross noun The rough, scaly matter on the surface of the bark of trees., To divest of the ross, or rough, scaly surface; as, to ross bark.
rost noun See Roust.
rosy superl. Resembling a rose in color, form, or qualities; blooming; red; blushing; also, adorned with roses.
rota noun An ecclesiastical court of Rome, called also Rota Romana, that takes cognizance of suits by appeal. It consists of twelve members., A short-lived political club established in 1659 by J.Harrington to inculcate the democratic doctrine of election of the principal officers of the state by ballot, and the annual retirement of a portion of Parliament., A species of zither, played like a guitar, used in the Middle Ages in church music; — written also rotta.
rote noun A root., A kind of guitar, the notes of which were produced by a small wheel or wheel-like arrangement; an instrument similar to the hurdy-gurdy., The noise produced by the surf of the sea dashing upon the shore. See Rut., A frequent repetition of forms of speech without attention to the meaning; mere repetition; as, to learn rules by rote., To learn or repeat by rote., To go out by rotation or succession; to rotate.
roty verb t. To make rotten.
roue noun One devoted to a life of sensual pleasure; a debauchee; a rake.
rouk verb i. See 5th Ruck, and Roke.
roun verb i. & t. Alt. of Rown
rown verb i. & t. To whisper., see Roun.
roup verb i. & t. To cry or shout; hence, to sell by auction., An outcry; hence, a sale of gods by auction., A disease in poultry. See Pip.
rout verb i. To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly., A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance; tumult., To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow., To search or root in the ground, as a swine., A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a traveling company or throng., A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people., The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion; — said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces, and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of defeating and breaking up an army; as, the rout of the enemy was complete., A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with intent to do a thing which, if executed, would make them rioters, and actually making a motion toward the executing thereof., A fashionable assembly, or large evening party., To break the ranks of, as troops, and put them to flight in disorder; to put to rout., To assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to collect in company.
roux noun A thickening, made of flour, for soups and gravies.