rov·​ing | \ ˈrō-viŋ How to pronounce roving (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Domann, who grew up in Tomball, has been performing under his own name for almost a decade after being a roving musician for the likes of Gary Allen, Keith Urban and Chris Ledoux — as well as other projects and bands. Houston Chronicle, "Feb. 5-15: Northwest Houston events feature crawfish, crafts, music," 3 Feb. 2020 Texas has created a significant portion of live-ball turnovers with inbounds pressure, backcourt traps and a roving presence in the middle has led to easy transition scores. Nick Moyle,, "Texas looks to build momentum against Iowa State," 31 Jan. 2020 Otherwise, Sir Sam Mendes’s first-world-war drama appears to consist of one long, continuous, two-hour take, all shot by a single roving camera. The Economist, "The first world war “1917” is a work of cinematic wizardry," 7 Jan. 2020 One maybe-legitimate use case for a roving camera in the video happened when a dog knocked over a bowl of cereal, and Ballie, after noticing the mess on the floor, started the robot vacuum. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s CES vaporware keynote details AR glasses, fitness exoskeleton," 7 Jan. 2020 Top stories for Monday, Jan. 6 SOBERING SERVICE CLOSED: A Portland nonprofit has closed the facility where intoxicated people were long brought to sober up and ended its roving van service that transported people there. oregonlive, "Portland sobering station closes with no replacement plan: Morning Briefing for Monday, Jan. 6," 6 Jan. 2020 Nearby, a fleet of 6-foot-tall roving robot shelves zipped around behind a chain-link fence. Matt O'brien, Fortune, "As Robots Take Over Warehousing, Workers Pushed to Adapt," 30 Dec. 2019 At sixty-seven, the former Talking Heads front man is still letting his roving mind guide him to uncharted places. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Ten Great Performances from 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 According to the New York Times, the Yankees hired Rachel Balkovec as a roving minor league hitting coach earlier this month. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Report: Yankees to hire Rachel Balkovec as full-time minor league hitting coach," 23 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In contrast to other concert series, like the cluttered Tiny Desk or the handheld street roving of La Blogotheque, the look of COLORS is soothing and pristine. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Meet COLORS, a Rising Powerhouse for Music Discovery," 27 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'roving.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of roving


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roving


rove entry 1


rove entry 4

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about roving

Time Traveler for roving

Time Traveler

The first known use of roving was in 1565

See more words from the same year

Statistics for roving

Last Updated

11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for roving


How to pronounce roving (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of roving

: going to many different places

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on roving

What made you want to look up roving? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!