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rov·er 1

a. One that roves; a wanderer.
b. A crewed or uncrewed vehicle, used especially in exploring the terrain of a planet or other celestial object.
2. Sports A mark in archery selected by chance.

ro·ver 2

1. A pirate.
2. A pirate vessel.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, robber, from roven, to rob; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. a person who roves; wanderer
2. (Archery) archery a mark selected at random for use as a target
3. (Croquet) croquet a ball that has been driven through all the hoops but has not yet hit the winning peg
4. (Australian Rules Football) Australian rules football one of the three players in the ruck, usually smaller than the other two, selected for his agility in play
5. (Aeronautics) a small remote-controlled vehicle which roams over rough, esp extraterrestrial, terrain taking photographs, gathering rock and soil samples, etc
[C15: from rove1]


(Nautical Terms) a pirate or pirate ship
[C14: probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, from roven to rob]


(Textiles) a machine for roving wool, cotton, etc, or a person who operates such a machine


(ˈrəʊvə) or

Rover Scout

Brit the former name for Venture Scout
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(ˈroʊ vər)

1. a person who roves; wanderer.
a. a mark selected at random in archery.
b. one of a group of fixed marks at a long distance.
c. an archer who shoots at such a mark.


(ˈroʊ vər)

1. a pirate.
2. a pirate ship.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German: robber =rov(en) to rob, reave1 + -er -er1]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rover - someone who leads a wandering unsettled liferover - someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
traveler, traveller - a person who changes location
nomad - a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
drifter, vagrant, vagabond, floater - a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
2.rover - an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement
Boy Scout - a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
جَوّال، طَوّاف


[ˈrəʊvəʳ] Nvagabundo/a m/f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(= wanderer)Vagabund(in) m(f)
(also Rover Scout)Rover m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


(rəuv) verb
to wander; to roam. He roved (through) the streets.
ˈrover noun
ˈroving adjective
a roving band of robbers.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
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More than 6,000 Boy Scouts, Senior Scouts, and Rover Scouts joined the Eastern Mindanao Regional Scout Jamboree 2019 on Wednesday at the Compostela Sports Complex in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province.
Rover Scouts and Red Crescent volunteers are helping passengers with information alongside law enforcers.
There are more than 40 million serving Rover scouts, boys, girls and shaheen scouts in the world.
'There are more than 40 million serving Rover scouts, both boys, girls, and shaheen scouts in the world,' he said.
"The advanced boy scouts are from 15 to 17 years old, while the rover scouts are from 18 to 22."
Vice President of the Saudi Arabian Scouts Association Professor Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al-Fahd said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's delegation includes more than 100 scouts and rover scouts between the ages of 14-17 and will include educational activities that promote peace, intercultural understanding and life leadership skills.
District commissioner Iftikhar Usmani, Syed Javid Raza, Freed din, Muhammad Shakeel and secretaries also attended the Meeting, According to press Note by provincial spokesman Syed Mehboob Qadri girl scouts, boys, Shaheen and rover scouts participated in all social activities at Karachi ,Quetta, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar district headquarters.
Remarkably, more than a hundred representatives from the Quezon City Council Boy Scouts of the Philippines, spearheaded by the Rover Scouts of the Philippines deputy commissioner Florencio Antonio, graced the mall's Independence Day celebration.
The scouts will be selected for three categories, namely, Shaheen , Boys and Rover Scouts. The contestants would participate in different competitions including Quiz, speech contests, camp fire, he added.
As per decision training will be held in Ghora Gali under the banner of 'All Punjab Rover Scouts Moot' (APRSM) which will start from 18th August and continue till 24th August.
scouts units of the district are registered with his office and both boys and girls scouts fully taking parts in different activities being carried out under Shaheen Scouts, Boys Scouts and Rover Scouts.