Rouse

Definition of Rouse

Pronunciation: rouzd
v. i. & t.1.(Naut.) To pull or haul strongly and all together, as upon a rope, without the assistance of mechanical appliances.
n.1.A bumper in honor of a toast or health.
2.A carousal; a festival; a drinking frolic.
Fill the cup, and fill the can,
Have a rouse before the morn.
- Tennyson.
v. t.1.To cause to start from a covert or lurking place; as, to rouse a deer or other animal of the chase.
[imp. & p. p. Roused (rouzd); p. pr. & vb. n. Rousing.]
Like wild boars late roused out of the brakes.
- Spenser.
Rouse the fleet hart, and cheer the opening hound.
- Pope.
2.To wake from sleep or repose; as, to rouse one early or suddenly.
3.To excite to lively thought or action from a state of idleness, languor, stupidity, or indifference; as, to rouse the faculties, passions, or emotions.
To rouse up a people, the most phlegmatic of any in Christendom.
- Atterbury.
4.To put in motion; to stir up; to agitate.
Blustering winds, which all night long
Had roused the sea.
- Milton.
5.To raise; to make erect.
v. i.1.To get or start up; to rise.
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.

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