1. To get or start up; to rise. [Obs.]
Night's black agents to their preys do rouse.Shak.
2. To awake from sleep or repose.
Morpheus rouses from his bed.Pope.
3. To be exited to thought or action from a state of indolence or inattention.
1. One who, or that which, rouses.
2. Something very exciting or great. [Colloq.]
3. (Brewing) A stirrer in a copper for boiling wort.
1. Having power to awaken or excite; exciting.
I begin to feelMilton.
Some rousing motions in me.
2. Very great; violent; astounding; as, a rousing fire; a rousing lie. [Colloq.]
(Rous"ing*ly), adv. In a rousing manner.
(Rous*sette") n. [F.; so called in allusion to the color. See Russet.]
1. (Zoöl.) A fruit bat, especially the large species (Pieropus vulgaris) inhabiting the islands of the Indian
ocean. It measures about a yard across the expanded wings.
2. (Zoöl.) Any small shark of the genus Scyllium; called also dogfish. See Dogfish.
(Roust) v. t. To rouse; to disturb; as, to roust one out. [Prov. Eng. & Local, U.S.]
(Roust), n. [Cf. Icel. röst an estuary.] A strong tide or current, especially in a narrow channel.
[Written also rost, and roost.] Jamieson.
(Roust"a*bout`) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A laborer, especially a deck hand, on a river steamboat,
who moves the cargo, loads and unloads wood, and the like; in an opprobrious sense, a shiftless vagrant
who lives by chance jobs. [Western U.S.]
(Rout) v. i. [AS. hrutan.] To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly. [Obs. or Scot.] Chaucer.
(Rout), n. A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance; tumult. Shak.
This new book the whole world makes such a rout about.Sterne.
"My child, it is not well," I said,Trench.
"Among the graves to shout;
To laugh and play among the dead,
this noisy rout."
To rout out (a) To turn up to view, as if by rooting; to discover; to find. (b) To turn out by force or compulsion; as,
to rout people out of bed. [Colloq.]
(Rout), v. t. [A variant of root.] To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow.