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Definition of roving

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : not restricted as to location or area of concern
b : capable of being shifted from place to place : mobile
2 : inclined to ramble or stray a roving fancy



Definition of roving (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slightly twisted roll or strand of usually textile fibers

Examples of roving in a Sentence

Adjective a roving substitute teacher who works in a different district every day
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective State police say troopers will conduct extra roving DUI patrols from Thursday evening through Monday evening. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 26 May 2022 In the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh elections, many roving reporters thrust their mikes into the faces of people. Mitali Mukherjee, Quartz, 19 May 2022 Jerry Boylan failed to have a roving night watch of the boat, did not conduct sufficient fire drills and did not conduct sufficient training of the crewmembers. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2021 Weinstein, who was Team USA’s bench coach in the Tokyo Olympics and is a roving instructor with the Colorado Rockies, sees Crawford as a top-five pick based solely on his pitching. Dom Amore,, 25 Aug. 2021 In this raw and roving life story, Jones depicts a child who recognized her humanity and worth even when others wouldn’t, and a woman whose confidence helped her rise above heroin addiction, music-industry sexism and the traumas of her youth. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2021 Garver had Ray Smith and Jeff Reed, two former big-league catchers, for his first 28 pro games with the rookie team in Elizabethton, Tenn., but after that there was not a roving instructor as a catching coordinator in the minors. Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 With unconventional designs, nomadic architecture incorporates the benefits of urban dwellings with that of a roving lifestyle. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Tensions grew as the main march moved from Freedom Plaza to outside the U.S. Supreme Court, and as the final speeches ended, clashes turned into roving street fights that left police struggling to keep up. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Carvetise and Wrapify are the two main players in the market for such roving billboards. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 10 June 2022 Yet the lunar rover—or, in NASA parlance, the lunar roving vehicle, or LRV—upended all expectations of what was possible in a brief visit to another world. Outside Online, 23 June 2021 This was the first panel at the seventh edition of Prada Mode, the Italian house’s roving and invite-only pop-up social and arts club. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, 18 Feb. 2022 As a skilled winemaker learns more and more about his or her vineyards through relentless roving, adjusting and tasting, certain sites begin to stand out. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2022 The city became home to a nonalcoholic festival Sundown this fall, created by the same couple who started a roving, booze-free rave Secret Dance Addiction. Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 28 Dec. 2021 Some hyolith species propped themselves up on the seafloor using a pair of long spines and deployed a roving set of tentacles between their two shells—the lower of which tapered off into a cone—to gather planktonic prey. Jack Tamisiea, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Dec. 2021 Launched on July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 became the first Apollo mission to carry a lunar roving vehicle (LRV) to the lunar surface. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 22 July 2021 Participants in this class will learn to use a special barbed needle to turn the softest of materials, wool roving, into portraits of their pets., 21 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of roving


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roving


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1 Jun 2022

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“Roving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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