Word Summary
rachaph: to grow soft, relax
Original Word: רָחַף
Transliteration: rachaph
Phonetic Spelling: (raw-khaf')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to grow soft, relax
Meaning: to brood, to be relaxed
Strong's Concordance
flutter, move, shake

A primitive root; to brood; by implication, to be relaxed -- flutter, move, shake.


H7363. rachaph

I. [רָחַף‎] verb grow soft, relax (compare Arabic be soft); —

Qal Perfect3plural רָֽחֲפוּJeremiah 23:9 (bones of one appalled).

II. רָחַףverb Pi`el hover (Late Hebrew id., compare GrünbaumZMG xxxix (1885), 607; Syriac Pa`el move Gently, also cherish, and brood, compare Thess. see; connection with I. ׳ר‎ dubious); —

Pi`el Imperfect3masculine singular עַל יְרַחֵףDeuteronomy 32:11 (poem) of vulture hovering over young; Participle א ׳רוּחַ הַמָּ֑יִם עַלמְּֿנֵי מְרַחֶפֶתGenesis 1:2 (P); hovering over face of waters, or perhaps (see Syriac) brooding (and fertilizing), so JerQuaest. in Gen. ed. Lag. 4 (reading 'marahaefeth), compare Di Gunk.