Róver. n.s. [from rove.]
- A wanderer; a ranger.
- A fickle inconstant man.
- A robber; a pirate.
This is the case of rovers by land, as some cantons in Arabia. Bacon's Holy War.
- At Rovers. Without any particular aim.
Nature shoots not at rovers: even inanimates, though they know not their perfection, yet are they not carried on by a blind unguided impetus; but that, which directs them, knows it. Glanvill's Sceps.
Providence never shoots at rovers: there is an arrow that flied by night as well as by day, and God is the person that shoots it. South's Sermons.
Men of great reading show their talents on the meanest subjects; this is a kind of shooting at rovers. Addison.