What does the word ravage mean?

Usage examples for ravage

  1. For this Admiral D'Anville Had sworn by cross and crown To ravage with fire and steel Our helpless Boston Town. – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. But whiles it was so armies could come from over the sea and land, and ravage the country. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  3. In order, however, to relieve the public excitement, he sent out a body of horsemen to skirmish with the enemy, and despatched a fleet of a hundred triremes to ravage the coasts of Peloponnesus. – Stories From Thucydides by H. L. Havell