American Dictionary of the English Language

Dictionary Search


RAVE, verb intransitive [Latin rabio, to rave to rage or be furious; rabies, rage.]

1. To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk irrationally; to be wild.

when men thus rave we may conclude their brains are turned.

2. To utter furious exclamations; to be furious or raging; as a madman.

Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast?

3. To dote; to be unreasonably fond; followed by upon; as, to rave upon antiquity. [Hardly proper.]

RAVE, noun the upper side-piece of timber of the body of a cart.