Rov"er (?), n. [D. roover a robber. See Rove, v. i.]
One who practices robbery on the seas; a pirate.
Yet Pompey the Great deserveth honor more justly for scouring the seas, and taking from the rovers 846 sail of ships.
One who wanders about by sea or land; a wanderer; a rambler.
Hence, a fickle, inconstant person.
A ball which has passed through all the hoops and would go out if it hit the stake but is continued in play; also, the player of such a ball.
5. Archery (a)
Casual marks at uncertain distances.
A sort of arrow
All sorts, flights, rovers, and butt shafts.
At rovers, at casual marks; hence, at random; as, shooting at rovers. See def. 5 (a) above. Addison.
Bound down on every side with many bands because it shall not run at rovers.
Robynson (More's Utopia).
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