Meaning of rake
— n., v., raked, rak•ing.
- an agricultural implement with teeth or tines for gathering cut grass, hay, or the like or for smoothing the surface of the ground.
- any of various implements having a similar form, as a croupier's implement for gathering in money on a gaming table.
- to gather, draw, or remove with a rake: to rake dead leaves from a lawn.
- to clear, smooth, or prepare with a rake: to rake a garden bed.
- to clear (a fire, embers, etc.) by stirring with a poker or the like.
- to gather or collect abundantly (usually fol. by in): He marketed his invention and has been raking in money ever since.
- to bring to light, usually for discreditable reasons (usually fol. by up): to rake up an old scandal.
- to search thoroughly through: They raked the apartment for the missing jewels.
- to scrape; scratch: The sword's tip raked his face lightly.
- to scoop out (a masonry joint) to a given depth while the mortar is still green.
- to fire guns along the length of (a position, body of troops, ship, etc.).
- to sweep with the eyes: He raked the horizon with his gaze.
- to use a rake: The gardener raked along the border of the garden.
- to search, as with a rake: His gaze raked over the room.
- to scrape; search: She frantically raked through her belongings.
- See(def. 5).
- a dissolute or profligate person, esp. a man who is licentious; roué.
— v., n. raked, rak•ing,
- to incline from the vertical, as a mast, or from the horizontal.
- to cause (something) to incline from the vertical or the horizontal.
- inclination or slope away from the perpendicular or the horizontal.
- a board or molding placed along the sloping sides of a frame gable to cover the ends of the siding.
- the angle measured between the tip edge of an aircraft or missile wing or other lifting surface and the plane of symmetry.
- the angle between the cutting face of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the surface of the work at the cutting point.
— raked, rak•ing.
- (of a hawk) to fly after game.
- (of a dog) to hunt with the nose close to the ground instead of in the wind.
- to go or proceed, esp. with speed.
- rake (Thesaurus)