From Middle English rake, from Old English raca, racu, ræce (“rake”), from Proto-Germanic *rakō, *rekô (“rake”). Cognate with Dutch raak, reek, riek (“rake; pitchfork”), German Low German Raak (“rake; poker”), German Rechen (“rake; grill”), Swedish raka (“an oven-rake”).
- A garden tool with a row of pointed teeth fixed to a long handle, used for collecting grass or debris, or for loosening soil.
- (Ireland, slang) A lot, plenty.
Jim has had a 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 of six coaches.
- (cellular automata) A puffer that emits a stream of spaceships rather than a trail of debris.
- The scaled commission fee taken by a cardroom operating a poker game.
- A toothed machine drawn by a horse, used for collecting hay or grain; a horserake.
- (mining) A fissure or mineral vein traversing the strata vertically, or nearly so.
From Middle English raken, from Old English racian (“to direct, rule, govern, control; take a course or direction, go forward, move, run; hasten”), from Proto-Germanic *rakōną (“to choose a direction, run”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“to straighten, direct”). Cognate with Dutch raken (“to hit, touch, reach”).
- Slope, divergence from the horizontal or perpendicular.
- (geology) The direction of slip during fault movement. The rake is measured within the fault plane.
- (roofing) The sloped edge of a roof at or adjacent to the first or last rafter.
Shortening of rakehell, possibly from rake (etymology 2) (“to proceed rapidly”).
- A man habituated to immoral conduct.
From Middle English, from Old Norse rák (“trail”), from Proto-Germanic *rēkō, *raką, *rakō, *rakǭ (“file of tracks, line”), from Proto-Indo-European *(o)reg'-, *(o)reg'a- (“to straighten, direct”). Cognate with Icelandic rák (“streak, grazing”), Icelandic raka (“strip, series”), Norwegian røk (“grazing”), Norwegian rak (“wick”), Old English race, racu (“a run, riverbed”).
- (provincial, Northern England) A course; direction; stretch.
- (provincial, Northern England, for animals) A range, stray.
- a sheep- = a sheep-walk
rake was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Hausa, Scots, and Swedish