- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- (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.