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Webster 1913 Edition


Roam

Roam

(rōm)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Roamed
(rōmd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Roaming
.]
[OE.
romen
,
ramen
; cf. AS.
ārǣman
to raise, rise, D.
ramen
to hit, plan, aim, OS.
rōmōn
to strive after, OHG.
rāmen
. But the word was probably influenced by
Rome
; cf. OF.
romier
a pilgrim, originally, a pilgrim going to Rome, It.
romeo
, Sp.
romero
. Cf.
Ramble
.]
To go from place to place without any certain purpose or direction; to rove; to wander.
He
roameth
to the carpenter’s house.
Chaucer.
Daphne
roaming
through a thorny wood.
Shakespeare
Syn. – To wander; rove; range; stroll; ramble.

Roam

,
Verb.
T.
To range or wander over.
And now wild beasts came forth the woods to
roam
.
Milton.

Roam

,
Noun.
The act of roaming; a wandering; a ramble;
as, he began his
roam
o'er hill and dale
.
Milton.

Webster 1828 Edition


Roam

ROAM

,
Verb.
I.
[If m is radical, this word seems to be connected with ramble, L. ramus.]
To wander; to ramble; to rove; to walk or move about from place to place without any certain purpose or direction. The wolf and the savage roam in the forest.
Daphne roaming through a thorny wood.

ROAM

,
Verb.
T.
To range; to wander over; as, to roam the woods; but the phrase is elliptical.

Definition 2021


roam

roam

English

Verb

roam (third-person singular simple present roams, present participle roaming, simple past and past participle roamed)

  1. (intransitive) To wander or travel freely and with no specific destination.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Jack Wilshere scores twice to ease Arsenal to victory over Marseille (in The Guardian, 26 November 2013)
      Wilshere had started as a left-footed right-winger, coming in off the flank, but he and Özil both had the licence to roam. Tomas Rosicky was not tied down to one spot either and, with Ramsey breaking forward as well as Olivier Giroud's considerable presence, Marseille were overwhelmed from the moment Bacary Sagna's first touch of the night sent Wilshere running clear.
  2. (intransitive, computing, telecommunications) To use a network or service from different locations or devices.
  3. (transitive) To range or wander over.
    • John Milton
      And now wild beasts came forth the woods to roam.
    • 2013 June 8, Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
    Gangs of thugs roamed the streets.

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References

  1. roam in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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Portuguese

Verb

roam

  1. third-person plural present subjunctive of roer
  2. third-person plural imperative of roer