AskDefine | Define roving

Dictionary Definition

roving adj : (of groups of people) tending to travel and change settlements frequently; "a restless mobile society"; "the nomadic habits of the Bedouins"; "believed the profession of a peregrine typist would have a happy future"; "wandering tribes" [syn: mobile, nomadic, peregrine, wandering] n : travelling about without any clear destination; "she followed him in his wanderings and looked after him" [syn: wandering, vagabondage]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. wandering freely.
    His roving eyes never focused on anything specific.



  1. present participle of rove

Extensive Definition

A roving is a long and narrow bundle of fiber with a twist to hold the fiber together. It is usually used to spin worsted yarn, but can be used to spin woolen yarn as well. A roving can be created by carding or combing the fiber, and is then drawn into long strips where the fiber is parallel. Roving is similar to sliver.
When roving has been created by carding, the fibers are less parallel and are not of uniform length. Carded rovings look fluffier than combed rovings, which look smooth and have a high luster. The fiber in combed rovings tend to be of a fairly uniform length due to the method of preparation.
Pencil roving is a type of roving that has been drawn until it is the size of a fat pencil. It can be used by spinners with minimal drafting. Knitters also use pencil roving, similar to Lopi style yarns, or when making a thrummed item.


roving in Italian: Stoppino (tessile)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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