roving

adjective
rov·ing | \ ˈrō-viŋ \

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

roving

noun

Definition of roving (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slightly twisted roll or strand of usually textile fibers

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Examples of roving in a Sentence

Adjective

a roving substitute teacher who works in a different district every day

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Both accompany him to the ultimate black site: a sub retrofitted to be a roving, escape-proof venue for Abu Ghraib-style interrogation. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Black Water': Film Review," 23 May 2018 Outstanding in the Field, a roving restaurant-without-walls, brings guests straight to the source, presenting seasonal, site-specific meals in the farms, gardens and groves where the food was raised and harvested. Agatha French, latimes.com, "This chef has put on pop-up dinners in 15 countries and all 50 states," 24 Apr. 2018 Your job as a child is to be roving eyes and roving hands. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 2018 Pablito’s Kitchen Pablito’s Kitchen, operated by Danny Rodriguez and chef Charles Thomson, started off as a roving truck before settling down into a brick and mortar in Burbank two years ago. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 Hazard was in attendance at Thursday's NBA London clash between Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers - a contest Boston won 114-103 - and Hazard was nabbed by a roving reporter despite trying to remain inconspicuous. SI.com, "Eden Hazard Claims He, Thibaut Courtois Will Sign New Chelsea Contracts," 12 Jan. 2018 Google has been trying to control its losses, using roving teams to collect the bikes from around town, and recently installing GPS trackers. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Google Is Struggling With Friendly Neighborhood Bike Thieves," 6 Jan. 2018 There are three ramp agents per flight, with one roving ramp agent to help during busy times. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Out on 'the ramp,' minutes count. It's some of the toughest — and most fun — work in the airline business," 14 June 2018 More recently, Acosta and his family have grown the business, selling seven days a week from a roving trailer. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "This L.A. Carnitas Operation Has Turned the Pork Taco Into an Art Form," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of roving

Adjective

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roving

Adjective

rove entry 1

Noun

rove entry 4

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Phrases Related to roving

roving eye

wandering/roving eye

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The first known use of roving was in 1565

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roving

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of roving

: going to many different places

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