• Slope, divergence from the horizontal or perpendicular
  • (geology) The direction of slip during fault movement. The rake is measured within the fault plane.
  • (cellular automata) A puffer that emits a stream of spaceships rather than a trail of debris.
  • (mining) A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so.
  • (Ireland, slang) A lot, plenty.

    "Jim has had a rake of trouble with his new car."

  • (rail transport) A set of coupled rail vehicles, normally coaches or wagons.

    "The train was formed of a locomotive and a rake of six coaches."

  • (provincial, Northern England, for animals) a range, stray.

    "a sheep-raik = a sheep-walk"

  • A toothed machine drawn by a horse, used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
  • A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil.
  • 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"

  • (roofing) The sloped edge of a roof at or adjacent to the first or last rafter.
  • (provincial, Northern England) a course; direction; stretch.
  • The scaled commission fee taken by a cardroom operating a poker game.


  • (intransitive) To incline from a perpendicular direction.

    "A mast rakes aft."

  • (Britain, dialect, dated) To act the rake; to lead a dissolute, debauched life.
  • (provincial, Northern England) To run or rove.
  • To spray with gunfire.

    "the enemy machine guns raked the roadway"

  • (intransitive) To pass with violence or rapidity; to scrape along.
  • (obsolete, transitive) To guide; to direct
  • (Britain, dialect, dated) To walk about; to gad or ramble idly.
  • To search thoroughly.

    "Detectives appeared, roped the curious people out of the grounds, and raked the place for clews. -- Captain John Blaine"

  • To gather, especially quickly (often as rake in)

    "The casino is just raking in the cash; it's like a license to print money."

  • (intransitive) To proceed rapidly; to move swiftly.
  • 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"

  • To claw at; to scratch.

    "Her sharp fingernails raked the side of my face."

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