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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun rake has 3 senses

Verb rake has 6 senses


raken. [AS. race; akin to OD. rake, D. reek, OHG. rehho, G. rechen, Icel. reka a shovel, and to Goth. rikan to heap up, collect, and perhaps to Gr. 'ore`gein to stretch out, and E. rack to stretch. Cf. Reckon.].
  •  An implement consisting of a headpiece having teeth, and a long handle at right angles to it, -- used for collecting hay, or other light things which are spread over a large surface, or for breaking and smoothing the earth.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A toothed machine drawn by a horse, -- used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so; -- called also rake-vein.  [1913 Webster]
Gill rakes. (Anat.) See under 1st Gill.
rakev. t. [AS. racian. See 1st Rake.].
  •  To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; -- often with up; as, he raked up the fallen leaves.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To collect or draw together with laborious industry; to gather from a wide space; to scrape together; as, to rake together wealth; to rake together slanderous tales; to rake together the rabble of a town.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To pass a rake over; to scrape or scratch with a rake for the purpose of collecting and clearing off something, or for stirring up the soil; as, to rake a lawn; to rake a flower bed.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To search through; to scour; to ransack.  [1913 Webster]
    "The statesman rakes the town to find a plot."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To scrape or scratch across; to pass over quickly and lightly, as a rake does.  [1913 Webster]
    "Like clouds that rake the mountain summits."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To enfilade; to fire in a direction with the length of; in naval engagements, to cannonade, as a ship, on the stern or head so that the balls range the whole length of the deck.  [1913 Webster]
To rake up. (a) To collect together, as the fire (live coals), and cover with ashes. (b) To bring up; to search out and bring to notice again; as, to rake up old scandals.
rakev. i. 
  •  To use a rake, as for searching or for collecting; to scrape; to search minutely.  [1913 Webster]
    "One is for raking in Chaucer for antiquated words."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.  [1913 Webster]
    "Pas could not stay, but over him did rake."  [1913 Webster]
raken. [Cf. dial. Sw. raka to reach, and E. reach.].
     The inclination of anything from a perpendicular direction; as, the rake of a roof, a staircase, etc.  [1913 Webster]
rakev. i. 
     To incline from a perpendicular direction; as, a mast rakes aft.  [1913 Webster]
Raking course (Bricklaying), a course of bricks laid diagonally between the face courses in a thick wall, to strengthen it.
raken. [OE. rakel rash; cf. Icel. reikall wandering, unsettled, reika to wander.].
     A loose, disorderly, vicious man; a person addicted to lewdness and other scandalous vices; a debauchee; a roué.  [1913 Webster]
    "An illiterate and frivolous old rake."  [1913 Webster]
rakev. i. 
  •  To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.  Shenstone.  [1913 Webster]
To rake out (Falconry), to fly too far and wide from its master while hovering above waiting till the game is sprung; -- said of the hawk. Encyc. Brit.


rake, n. & v.
1 a an implement consisting of a pole with a crossbar toothed like a comb at the end, or with several tines held together by a crosspiece, for drawing together hay etc. or smoothing loose soil or gravel. b a wheeled implement for the same purpose.
2 a similar implement used for other purposes, e.g. by a croupier drawing in money at a gaming-table.
1 tr. collect or gather or remove with or as with a rake.
2 tr. make tidy or smooth with a rake (raked it level).
3 intr. use a rake.
4 tr. & intr. search with or as with a rake, search thoroughly, ransack.
5 tr. a direct gunfire along (a line) from end to end. b sweep with the eyes. c (of a window etc.) have a commanding view of.
6 tr. scratch or scrape.

rake in colloq. amass (profits etc.). rake-off colloq. a commission or share, esp. in a disreputable deal. rake up (or over) revive the memory of (past quarrels, grievances, etc.).
raker n.
rake, n. a dissolute man of fashion.

rake's progress a progressive deterioration, esp. through self-indulgence (the title of a series of engravings by Hogarth 1735).
rake, v. & n.
1 tr. & intr. set or be set at a sloping angle.
2 intr. a (of a mast or funnel) incline from the perpendicular towards the stern. b (of a ship or its bow or stern) project at the upper part of the bow or stern beyond the keel.
1 a raking position or build.
2 the amount by which a thing rakes.
3 the slope of the stage or the auditorium in a theatre.
4 the slope of a seat-back etc.
5 the angle of the edge or face of a cutting tool.

17th c.: prob. rel. to G ragen project, of unkn. orig.



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VB be clean, render clean, clean, cleanse, mundify, rinse, wring, flush, full, wipe, mop, sponge, scour, swab, scrub, brush up, wash, lave, launder, buck, absterge, deterge, decrassify, clear, purify, depurate, despumate, defecate, purge, expurgate, elutriate, lixiviate, edulcorate, clarify, refine, rack, filter, filtrate, drain, strain, disinfect, fumigate, ventilate, deodorize, whitewash, castrate, emasculate, sift, winnow, pick, weed, comb, rake, brush, sweep, rout out, clear out, sweep out, make a clean sweep of.


N libertine, voluptuary, rake, debauchee, loose fish, rip, rakehell, fast man, intrigant, gallant, seducer, fornicator, lecher, satyr, goat, whoremonger, paillard, adulterer, gay deceiver, Lothario, Don Juan, Bluebeard, chartered libertine, adulteress, advoutress, courtesan, prostitute, strumpet, harlot, whore, punk, fille de joie, woman, woman of the town, streetwalker, Cyprian, miss, piece, frail sisterhood, demirep, wench, trollop, trull, baggage, hussy, drab, bitch, jade, skit, rig, quean, mopsy, slut, minx, harridan, unfortunate, unfortunate female, unfortunate woman, woman of easy virtue, wanton, fornicatress, Jezebel, Messalina, Delilah, Thais, Phryne, Aspasia, Lais, lorette, cocotte, petite dame, grisette, demimonde, chippy, sapphist, spiritual wife, white slave, concubine, mistress, doxy, chere amie, bona roba, pimp, procurer, pander, pandar, bawd, conciliatrix, procuress, mackerel, wittol.


N traction, drawing, draught, pull, haul, rake, a long pull a strong pull and a pull all together, towage, haulage, drawing, tractile, tractive.

VB draw, pull, haul, lug, rake, drag, tug, tow, trail, train, take in tow, wrench, jerk, twitch, touse, yank.

Bad Man

N bad man, wrongdoer, worker of iniquity, evildoer, sinner, the wicked, bad example, villain, rascal, scoundrel, miscreant, budmash, caitiff, wretch, reptile, viper, serpent, cockatrice, basilisk, urchin, tiger, monster, devil, devil incarnate, demon in human shape, Nana Sahib, hellhound, hellcat, rakehell, bad woman, jade, Jezebel, scamp, scapegrace, rip, runagate, ne'er-do-well, reprobate, scalawag, scallawag, rou_e, rake, Sadist, skeesicks, skeezix, limb, one who has sold himself to the devil, fallen angel, ame damnee, vaurien, mauvais sujet, loose fish, sad dog, rounder, lost sheep, black sheep, castaway, recreant, defaulter, prodigal, rough, rowdy, hooligan, tough, ugly customer, mean mother, ruffian, bully, meanie, Jonathan Wild, hangman, incendiary, arsonist, fire bug, thief, murderer, terrorist, culprit, delinquent, crook, hoodlum, hood, criminal, thug, malefactor, offender, perpetrator, perp, disorderly person, misdemeanant, outlaw, scofflaw, vandal, felon, (convicted criminal), criminal, convict, prisoner, inmate, jail bird, ticket of leave man, multiple offender, blackguard, polisson, loafer, sneak, rapscallion, rascallion, cullion, mean wretch, varlet, kern, ame-de-boue, drole, cur, dog, hound, whelp, mongrel, lown, loon, runnion, outcast, vagabond, rogue, ronian, scum of the earth, riffraff, Arcades ambo, Int, sirrah!, Acherontis pabulum, gibier de potence.


VB be intemperate, indulge, exceed, live well, live high, live high on the fat of the land, live it up, live high on the hog, give a loose to indulgence, wallow in voluptuousness, plunge into dissipation, revel, rake, live hard, run riot, sow one's wild oats, slake one's appetite, slake one's thirst, swill, pamper.


VB cultivate, till the soil, farm, garden, sow, plant, reap, mow, cut, manure, dress the ground, dig, delve, dibble, hoe, plough, plow, harrow, rake, weed, lop and top, backset.

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