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RAM'BLE, v.i.

1. To rove; to wander; to walk, ride or sail from place to place, without any determinate object in view; or to visit many places; to rove carelessly or irregularly; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the country.

Never ask leave to go abroad, for you will be thought an idle rambling fellow.

2. To go at large without restraint and without direction.

3. To move without certain direction.

O're his ample sides, the rambling sprays luxuriant shoot.

RAM'BLE, n. a roving; a wandering; a going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an irregular excursion.

Coming home after a short Christmas ramble, I found a letter upon my table.



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RAM'BLE, v.i.

1. To rove; to wander; to walk, ride or sail from place to place, without any determinate object in view; or to visit many places; to rove carelessly or irregularly; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the country.

Never ask leave to go abroad, for you will be thought an idle rambling fellow.

2. To go at large without restraint and without direction.

3. To move without certain direction.

O're his ample sides, the rambling sprays luxuriant shoot.

RAM'BLE, n. a roving; a wandering; a going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an irregular excursion.

Coming home after a short Christmas ramble, I found a letter upon my table.

RAM'BLE, n.

A roving; a wandering; a going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an irregular excursion. Coming home after a short Christmas rumble, I found a letter upon my table. – Swift.


RAM'BLE, v.i. [It. ramengare, to ramble, to rove; Arm. rambreal, to rave; W. rhempiaw, to run to an extreme, to be infatuated, and rhamu, to rise or reach over, to soar. These seem to be allied to roam, romp, rampant; Ar. رَامَ to exceed or go beyond, to depart. Class Rm, No. 5.]

  1. To rove; to wander; to walk, ride or sail from place to place, without any determinate object in view; or to visit many places; to rove carelessly or irregularly; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the country. Never ask leave to go abroad, for you will be thought an idle rambling fellow. – Swift.
  2. To go at large without restraint and without direction.
  3. To move without certain direction. O'er his ample sides, the rambling sprays / Luxuriant shoot. – Thomson.

Ram"ble
  1. To walk, ride, or sail, from place to place, without any determinate object in view; to roam carelessly or irregularly; to rove; to wander; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the world.

    He that is at liberty to ramble in perfect darkness, what is his liberty better than if driven up and down as a bubble by the wind? Locke.

  2. A going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an excursion or stroll merely for recreation.

    Coming home, after a short Christmas ramble. Swift.

  3. To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way.
  4. A bed of shale over the seam.

    Raymond.
  5. To extend or grow at random.

    Thomson.

    Syn. -- To rove; roam; wander; range; stroll.

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Ramble

RAM'BLE, verb intransitive

1. To rove; to wander; to walk, ride or sail from place to place, without any determinate object in view; or to visit many places; to rove carelessly or irregularly; as, to ramble about the city; to ramble over the country.

Never ask leave to go abroad, for you will be thought an idle rambling fellow.

2. To go at large without restraint and without direction.

3. To move without certain direction.

O're his ample sides, the rambling sprays luxuriant shoot.

RAM'BLE, noun a roving; a wandering; a going or moving from place to place without any determinate business or object; an irregular excursion.

Coming home after a short Christmas ramble I found a letter upon my table.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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VE'NUS, n. [L. ventus, venenum; Eng. venom to poison, to fret or irritate. These affinities lead to the true origin of these words. The primary sense of the root is to shoot or rush, as light or wind. From light is derived the sense of white, fair, Venus, or it is from opening, parting; and from rushing, moving, comes wind, and the sense of raging, fury, whence L. venenum, poison, that which frets or causes to rage. These words all coincide with L. venio, which signifies to rush, to fall, to happen; venor, to hunt, &c. The Greeks had the same idea of the goddess of love, viz. that her name signified fairness, whiteness, and hence the fable that she sprung from froth, whence her Green name.]

1. In mythology, the goddess of beauty and love; that is, beauty or love deified; just as the Gaelic and Irish diana, swiftness, impetuosity, is denominated the goddess of hunting.

2. In astronomy, one of the inferior planets, whose orbit is between the earth and Mercury; a star of brilliant splendor.

3. In the old chimistry, a name given to copper.

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