rake

If it’s fall and the yard is covered with leaves, you'll want to get out the rake, a long-handled tool with a row of tines. Either that, or get out the excuses and leave the leaves where they lie.

Rake has several senses, including to use a rake to gather leaves or smooth soil. Rake can also mean to search something — the way police may rake through a crime scene for clues or the way you may rake through a messy desk to find a pencil. A rake is also a slanted plane — it's often used to refer to a slanted stage in a theater. In high society, a rake is an immoral man.

Primary Meanings of rake

1.
nv
a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil
gather with a rake
2.
n
a dissolute man in fashionable society
3.
n
degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
Full Definitions of rake
1

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

Types:
croupier's rake
a small rake used by a croupier to move chips around on the table
garden rake
a rake used by gardeners
Type of:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

v gather with a rake

rake leaves”
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v level or smooth with a rake

rake gravel”
Type of:
smooth, smoothen
make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

v scrape gently

Synonyms:
crease, graze
Types:
shave
touch the surface of lightly
skive
remove the surface of
Type of:
brush
touch lightly and briefly

v move through with or as if with a rake

“She raked her fingers through her hair”
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v sweep the length of

“The gunfire raked the coast”
Types:
enfilade
rake or be in a position to rake with gunfire in a lengthwise direction
Type of:
sweep
cover the entire range of

v examine hastily

Synonyms:
glance over, run down, scan, skim
Type of:
examine, see
observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
2

n a dissolute man in fashionable society

Synonyms:
blood, profligate, rakehell, rip, roue
Type of:
debauchee, libertine, rounder
a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
3

n degree of deviation from a horizontal plane

Synonyms:
pitch, slant
Types:
loft
(golf) the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air
Type of:
gradient, slope
the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

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