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rake

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noun \ˈrāk\

Definition of rake

  1. 1 a :  an implement equipped with projecting prongs to gather material (as leaves) or for loosening or smoothing the surface of the ground b :  a machine for gathering hay

  2. 2 :  an implement like a rake



Origin of rake

Middle English, from Old English racu; akin to Old High German rehho rake


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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rake

verb

Definition of rake

rakedrak·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to gather, loosen, or smooth with or as if with a rake <rake leaves into a pile>

  3. 2 :  to gain rapidly or in abundance —usually used with in <rake in a fortune>

  4. 3 a :  to touch in passing over lightly b :  scratch, scrape

  5. 4 :  to censure severely

  6. 5 :  to search through :  ransack

  7. 6 :  to sweep the length of especially with gunfire :  enfilade

  8. 7 :  to glance over rapidly

rak·er noun


13th Century

First Known Use of rake

13th century

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rake

noun

Definition of rake

  1. 1 :  inclination from the perpendicular; especially :  the overhang of a ship's bow or stern

  2. 2 :  inclination from the horizontal :  slope

  3. 3 :  the angle between the top cutting surface of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the work



Origin of rake

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1626

Other Building Terms


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rake

verb

Definition of rake

rakedrak·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to incline from the perpendicular



1691

First Known Use of rake

1691

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rake

noun

Definition of rake

  1. :  a dissolute person :  libertine



Origin of rake

short for rakehell


First Known Use: 1653




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