Main definitions of rover in English

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rover1

noun

  • 1A person who spends their time wandering:

    ‘they became rovers who departed further and further from civilization’
    • ‘I could take on a crew and sail to Canada in my own boat instead of booking passage, or turn into a rover of the sea, going where I please and doing what I like.’
    • ‘But who is he, this invisible being that rules me, this unknowable being, this rover of a supernatural race?’
    wanderer, traveller, globetrotter, drifter, bird of passage, roamer, itinerant, transient
    nomad, gypsy, romany
    tramp, vagrant, vagabond
    hobo
    gadabout
    landloper
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  • 2(in various sports) a player not restricted to a particular position on the field.

    1. 2.1Australian Rules Football One of the three players making up a ruck, typically one who is small, fast, and skilful at receiving the ball.
  • 3A vehicle for driving over rough terrain, especially one driven by remote control over extraterrestrial terrain:

    ‘a lunar rover’
    • ‘Nasa has announced further evidence of a watery history on Mars, from both its rovers.’
    • ‘Since the rovers began sending pictures back, helpful members of the public have been calling and emailing NASA with news of their discoveries.’
    • ‘The mission will send a lander and a rover to the red planet to carry out exobiology and geophysical analysis of the Martian environment.’
    • ‘A successful outcome could ultimately lead to its use in autonomous planetary rovers and robot aircraft.’
    • ‘Both rovers report positive indications that water flowed on the surface of the planet.’
    • ‘Instead of roaming the surface like the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, it has a robotic arm that will dig into the Martian surface to collect samples for analysis.’
    • ‘Both Mars rovers came into their landings faster than expected, only just decelerating in time even with the benefit of braking thrusters.’
    • ‘The round rocks were spotted on Mars five days after Opportunity, one of the two Mars rovers, landed.’
    • ‘The pictures showed fresh wheel tracks in the sand, stretching out behind the rover as it continues its exploration of the Martian surface.’
    • ‘The rover uses two camera-style lithium batteries.’
    • ‘Two rovers are scheduled to descend to the surface and fetch some samples in our ongoing search for life on Mars.’
    • ‘One was even was captured by both of the rover's cameras, allowing the mission scientists to calculate its speed and direction.’
    • ‘This allows us to program the rover's traverses across the terrain visually and to place its arm with a high degree of precision.’
    • ‘The soldiers fell and Fox gunned the engine of his rover to bring him parallel with the skimmer.’
    • ‘Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity will spend another six months crawling over the surface of the red planet and sending data back to Earth.’
    • ‘This inactivity could be thought of as weekend sunbathing, as it will give the rovers a chance to recharge their photovoltaic cells after a low energy winter.’
    • ‘So any reduction in wait time can be important particularly if you're remote-controlling a Mars rover.’
    • ‘Testing by the original equipment manufacturer revealed that, sadly, the rover's existing grinding tool was not up to the task of drilling into a meteorite.’
    • ‘The question we've asked ourselves is could we reprogram the rover to uplink data to the Mars Odyssey satellite to hold it there?’
    • ‘Both rovers are in strong positions to continue exploring, but we can't give you any guarantees.’
  • 4Croquet
    A ball that has passed all the hoops but not pegged out.

    1. 4.1 A player who has a rover ball.
  • 5Archery
    A mark for long-distance shooting.

    1. 5.1 A mark chosen at random and not at a determined range.
  • 6A member of a Scouting organization aged around 17–24.

    • ‘It was between 1926 and 1936 that I was Scouting and I remember his dad at that time as a Rover Scout, as was my brother, who later became Cub Master.’

Pronunciation:

rover

/ˈrəʊvə/

Main definitions of rover in English

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rover2

noun

archaic
  • A pirate.

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch rōver, from rōven rob; related to reave.

Pronunciation:

rover

/ˈrəʊvə/

Main definitions of rover in English

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rover3

noun

  • A person or machine that makes roves of fibre (see rove).

    rove

Pronunciation:

rover

/ˈrəʊvə/