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Definition of ROACH

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Roach \Roach\, n. (Zool.)
     A cockroach.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Roach \Roach\, n. [OE. rroche; cf. AS. reohha, D. rog, roch, G. roche, LG. ruche, Dan. rokke ray, Sw. rocka, and E. ray a fish.]
     1. (Zool.)
        (a) A European fresh-water fish of the Carp family ({Leuciscus rutilus}). It is silver-white, with a greenish back. (b) An American chub ({Semotilus bullaris}); the fallfish. (c) The redfin, or shiner. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Naut.) A convex curve or arch cut in the edge of a sail to prevent chafing, or to secure a better fit. [1913 Webster]

     {As sound as a roach} [roach perhaps being a corruption of a F. roche a rock], perfectly sound. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Roach \Roach\, v. t.
     1. To cause to arch.
        [1913 Webster]

     2. To cut off, as a horse's mane, so that the part left shall stand upright. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


      [Bell Labs] To destroy, esp. of a data structure. Hardware gets {toast}ed or {fried}, software gets roached. Probably derived from '70s and '80s drug slang; marijuana smokers used ?roach? to refer to the unsmokable remnant of a joint, and to ?roach? a joint was therefore to destroy it.

The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

106 Moby Thesaurus words for "roach":
     DET, DMT, LSD, Mary Jane, STP, THC, acid, afterglow, afterimage, antidepressant, ataractic, balance, butt, butt end, candle ends, cat flea, chaff, chigoe, cockroach, crab, debris, detritus, diethyltryptamine, dimethyltryptamine, dog flea, end, fag end, filings, flea, fossil, gage, ganja, grass, grayback, hallucinogen, hash, hashish, hay, hemp, holdover, husks, jigger, joint, kava, leavings, leftovers, louse, marijuana, mescal, mescal bean, mescal button, mescaline, mind-altering drug, mind-blowing drug, mind-expanding drug, mite, morning glory seeds, nit, odds and ends, offscourings, orts, parasite, parings, peyote, pot, psilocin, psilocybin, psychedelic, psychic energizer, psychoactive drug, psychochemical, psychotomimetic, rags, red bug, reefer, refuse, relics, remainder, remains, remnant, residue, residuum, rest, rubbish, ruins, rump, sand flea, sawdust, scourings, scraps, shadow, shavings, stick, straw, stubble, stump, survival, sweepings, tea, trace, tranquilizer, vermin, vestige, waste, weed, weevil

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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