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Definition of Rake


  1. 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.
  2. A toothed machine drawn by a horse, -- used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
  3. A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so; -- called also rake-vein.
  4. To collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; -- often with up; as, he raked up the fallen leaves.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To search through; to scour; to ransack.
  8. To scrape or scratch across; to pass over quickly and lightly, as a rake does.
  9. 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.
  10. To use a rake, as for searching or for collecting; to scrape; to search minutely.
  11. To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.
  12. The inclination of anything from a perpendicular direction; as, the rake of a roof, a staircase, etc.
  13. the inclination of a mast or funnel, or, in general, of any part of a vessel not perpendicular to the keel.
  14. To incline from a perpendicular direction; as, a mast rakes aft.
  15. A loose, disorderly, vicious man; a person addicted to lewdness and other scandalous vices; a debauchee; a roue.
  16. To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.
  17. To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.

Rake Quotations

While playing golf today I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake.
Henny Youngman

Inconvenience yourself: ditch the remote, the garage door opener, the leaf-blower; buy a bike, broom, rake, and snow shovel.
Dan Buettner

To what a bad choice is many a worthy woman betrayed, by that false and inconsiderate notion, That a reformed rake makes the best husband!
Samuel Richardson

I live in the country, so I get a fair amount of exercise. We heat our house with wood, so I split wood. We also live on a steep hill, and I have to rake and put in cross-stitches to keep the road from washing out when there's a big rain.
Pete Seeger

We are all born with an innate understanding of interpersonal equity - the idea that if you lend me your rake today, I'll respond in kind when you come to borrow my shovel tomorrow. Or nearly all of us are born with that. Psychopaths aren't.
Jeffrey Kluger
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Rake Translations

rake in Dutch is uitkammen, harken, aanharken, opharken
rake in Finnish is haravoida
rake in German is harken, Rechen, harken, Harke
rake in Italian is rastrello, rastrello
rake in Portuguese is ancinho
rake in Spanish is rastrear, rastra, rastrillo, rastro