What does rake mean?

Definitions for rakereɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rake.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rake, rakehell, profligate, rip, blood, roue(noun)

    a dissolute man in fashionable society

  2. pitch, rake, slant(noun)

    degree of deviation from a horizontal plane

    "the roof had a steep pitch"

  3. rake(verb)

    a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil

  4. rake(verb)

    move through with or as if with a rake

    "She raked her fingers through her hair"

  5. rake(verb)

    level or smooth with a rake

    "rake gravel"

  6. rake(verb)

    sweep the length of

    "The gunfire raked the coast"

  7. scan, skim, rake, glance over, run down(verb)

    examine hastily

    "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi"

  8. rake(verb)

    gather with a rake

    "rake leaves"

  9. graze, crease, rake(verb)

    scrape gently

    "graze the skin"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rake(noun)

    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. Rake(noun)

    a toothed machine drawn by a horse, -- used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake

  3. Rake(noun)

    a fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so; -- called also rake-vein

  4. Rake(verb)

    to collect with a rake; as, to rake hay; -- often with up; as, he raked up the fallen leaves

  5. Rake(verb)

    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. Rake(verb)

    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. Rake(verb)

    to search through; to scour; to ransack

  8. Rake(verb)

    to scrape or scratch across; to pass over quickly and lightly, as a rake does

  9. Rake(verb)

    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. Rake(verb)

    to use a rake, as for searching or for collecting; to scrape; to search minutely

  11. Rake(verb)

    to pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along

  12. Rake(noun)

    the inclination of anything from a perpendicular direction; as, the rake of a roof, a staircase, etc

  13. Rake(noun)

    the inclination of a mast or funnel, or, in general, of any part of a vessel not perpendicular to the keel

  14. Rake(verb)

    to incline from a perpendicular direction; as, a mast rakes aft

  15. Rake(noun)

    a loose, disorderly, vicious man; a person addicted to lewdness and other scandalous vices; a debauchee; a roue

  16. Rake(verb)

    to walk about; to gad or ramble idly

  17. Rake(verb)

    to act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life

  18. Origin: [OE. rakel rash; cf. Icel. reikall wandering, unsettled, reika to wander.]


  1. Rake

    A rake, short for rakehell, is a historic term applied to a man who is habituated to immoral conduct, frequently a heartless womanizer. Often a rake was a prodigal who wasted his fortune on gambling, wine, women and song, incurring lavish debts in the process. The rake was also frequently a man who seduced a young woman and impregnated her before leaving, often to her social or financial ruin. The Restoration rake was a carefree, witty, sexually irresistible aristocrat whose heyday was during the English Restoration period at the court of Charles II. They were typified by the "Merry gang" of courtiers, who included as prominent members the Earl of Rochester; George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham; and the Earl of Dorset, who combined riotous living with intellectual pursuits and patronage of the arts. At this time the rake featured as a stock character in Restoration comedy. After the reign of Charles II, and especially after the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the cultural perception of the rake took a dive into squalor. The rake became the butt of moralistic tales in which his typical fate was debtor's prison, venereal disease, or, in the case of William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress, insanity in Bedlam.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rake

    rāk, n. an instrument with teeth or pins for smoothing earth, &c.: any tool consisting of a flat blade at right angles to a long handle.—v.t. to scrape with something toothed: to draw together: to gather with difficulty: to level with a rake: to search diligently: to pass over violently and swiftly: (naut.) to fire into, as a ship, lengthwise: to inter or hide, as by raking earth over a body.—v.i. to work with a rake: to search minutely.—ns. Rā′ker; Rā′king, the act or operation of using a rake: the space raked at once: the quantity collected at once with a rake: sharp criticism.—adj. such as to rake, as a raking fire.—Rake hell, to search even hell to find a person equally bad; Rake up, to cover with material raked or scraped together: to draw from oblivion, to revive. [A.S. raca, a rake; Ger. rechen, Ice. reka, a shovel.]

  2. Rake

    rāk, n. [Contr. of rakehell.]

  3. Rake

    rāk, n. (naut.) the projection of the stem and stern of a ship beyond the extremities of the keel: the inclination of a mast from the perpendicular.—v.i. to incline from the perpendicular or the horizontal.—v.t. to cause to incline or slope.—adj. Rā′kish, having a rake or inclination of the masts.—adv. Rā′kishly. [Scand., Sw. raka, to reach.]

  4. Rake

    rāk, n. a dissolute person: a libertine.—v.i. to lead a debauched life, esp. to make a practice of lechery.—n. Rake′hell, a rascal or villain: a debauchee.—adjs. Rake′hell, -y, dissolute.—ns. Rakehellō′nian, a rakehell; Rā′kery, dissoluteness; Rake′shame (Milt.), a base, dissolute wretch.—adj. Rā′kish, like a rake: dissolute: debauched.—adv. Rā′kishly.—n. Rā′kishness, dissoluteness: the state of being rakish or dissolute: dissolute practices. [Corr. of M. E. rakel, corr. into rakehell, shortened to rake; Scand., as Sw. rakkel, a vagabond, Ice. reikall, unsettled—reika, to wander.]

  5. Rake

    rāk, v.i. (prov.) to wander, to take a course, proceed: (hunting) of a hawk, to fly wide of the game: of a dog, to follow a wrong course.—Rake about (Scot.), to gad or wander about. [M. E. raken—A.S. racian, to run; confused with M. E. raiken—Ice. reika, to wander.]

Editors Contribution

  1. rake

    A type of product and tool created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles used for a variety of purposes.

    We have a garden rake to move the grass and leaves. Construction workers use a rake for a variety of purposes.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rake in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. RVM:

    Your life is YOUR life. You can make it or break it, take it, shake it, rake it or just bake it. It's your life.

  2. RVM:

    Your life is YOUR life. You can make it or break it, take it, shake it, rake it or just bake it. It's your life.

  3. Commodore Everette Hoard:

    It is made exactly to scale from a set of blueprints, every arc, every angle, the graceful rake of the bow, the size and pitch of the propellers are all exact.

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