AskDefine | Define rake

Dictionary Definition



1 a dissolute man in fashionable society [syn: profligate, rip, blood, roue]
2 degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; "the roof had a steep pitch" [syn: pitch, slant]
3 a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil


1 move through with or as if with a rake; "She raked her fingers through her hair"
2 level or smooth with a rake; "rake gravel"
3 sweep the length of; "The gunfire raked the coast"
4 examine hastily; "She scanned the newspaper headlines while waiting for the taxi" [syn: scan, skim, glance over, run down]
5 gather with a rake; "rake leaves"
6 scrape gently; "graze the skin" [syn: graze, crease]

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Etymology 1

raca, from Common Germanic *rakaz


  1. A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil.
  2. (Ireland / idiomatic) a lot, plenty.
    Jim has had a rake of trouble with his new car.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From the verb rake


  1. A man habituated to immoral conduct.
    We now have rakes in the habit of Roman senators, and grave politicians in the dress of Rakes. — the Spectator

Etymology 3

Via from raka, from Common Germanic *rakan


  1. To use a rake on (leaves, debris, soil, a lawn, etc) in order to loosen, gather together, or remove debris from.
    We raked all the leaves into a pile
  2. To search thoroughly.
    Detectives appeared, roped the curious people out of the grounds, and raked the place for clews. -- Captain John Blaine
  3. To spray with gunfire.
    the enemy machine guns raked the roadway
use a rake on
search thoroughly
spray with gunfire

Etymology 4

Probably related to German ragen


  1. jut out (ship’s bow or stern above keel)



rake (base form raak)
  1. hitting its target

See also

Extensive Definition

Rake may refer to:
  • Rake (tool), a long-handled tool with tines
  • Rake (poker), the commission taken by a casino when hosting a poker game
  • Rake (character), a man habituated to immoral conduct. An archaic term most often found in historical romance novels
  • Rake receiver, a radio receiver
  • Rake (software), a variant of the make program coded in the Ruby programming language
  • Rake (angle), various angles in bicycle and motorcycle geometry
  • Rake and trail, also castor angle, the angle between the steering axis and the vertical on a motorcycle
  • Rake (cellular automaton), a cellular automaton pattern that moves while regularly emitting spaceships
Rake may also refer to:
  • The Rake, a Minnesota literary magazine
  • The Rake's Progress is an English opera by Igor Stravinsky based on a series of illustrations by William Hogarth
  • Raking fire, fire along the axis of a ship in naval warfare
  • The slope of the roof at the end of a gable
  • Rake (band), a noise rock/avant-garde musical ensemble from Northern Virginia, USA
  • A guitar-playing method involving muted notes
  • The artificial slope of a theatre stage
  • A train made up primarily of coaches
  • Raking, a lock picking technique in which a lock pick is slid outwards from the back of a lock to push its pins up
  • Rake Yohn - a member of the CKY and Jackass crews
Places named Rake:
Rake sounds similar to:
  • Reiki, a complementary therapy
rake in German: Rechen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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