rallier, n.
/ral"ee/, v., rallied, rallying, n., pl. rallies.
1. to bring into order again; gather and organize or inspire anew: The general rallied his scattered army.
2. to draw or call (persons) together for a common action or effort: He rallied his friends to help him.
3. to concentrate or revive, as one's strength, spirits, etc.: They rallied their energies for the counterattack.
4. to come together for common action or effort: The disunited party rallied in time for the election campaign.
5. to come together or into order again: The captain ordered his small force to rally at the next stream.
6. to come to the assistance of a person, party, or cause (often fol. by to or around): to rally around a political candidate.
7. to recover partially from illness: He spent a bad night but began to rally by morning.
8. to find renewed strength or vigor: The runner seemed to be rallying for a final sprint.
9. Finance.
a. (of securities) to rise sharply in price after a drop.
b. (of the persons forming a stock market) to begin to trade with increased activity after a slow period.
10. (in tennis, badminton, etc.) to engage in a rally.
11. to participate in a long-distance automobile race.
12. Baseball. (of a team) to score one or more runs in one inning.
13. a recovery from dispersion or disorder, as of troops.
14. a renewal or recovery of strength, activity, etc.
15. a partial recovery of strength during illness.
16. a drawing or coming together of persons, as for common action, as in a mass meeting: A political rally that brought together hundreds of the faithful.
17. a get-together of hobbyists or other like-minded enthusiasts, primarily to meet and socialize.
18. Finance. a sharp rise in price or active trading after a declining market.
19. (in tennis, badminton, etc.)
a. an exchange of strokes between players before a point is scored.
b. the hitting of the ball back and forth prior to the start of a match.
20. Boxing. an exchange of blows.
21. Baseball. the scoring of one or more runs in one inning.
22. Theat. Brit. a quickening of pace for heightening the dramatic effect in a scene or act.
23. Shipbuilding. a series of blows with battering rams, made in order to drive wedges under a hull to raise it prior to launching.
24. Also, rallye. a long-distance automobile race, esp. for sports cars, held over public roads unfamiliar to the drivers, with numerous checkpoints along the route.
[1585-95; < F rallier (v.), OF, equiv. to r(e)- RE- + allier to join; see ALLY]
Syn. 2, 4. muster. 3. reanimate, reinvigorate. 4. assemble. 5. reassemble.
/ral"ee/, v.t., rallied, rallying.
to ridicule in a good-natured way; banter.
[1660-70; < F railler to RAIL2]
Syn. chaff, tease, twit.

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Automobile competition using public roads and ordinary traffic rules.

The object is to maintain a specified average speed between checkpoints; the route is unknown to the driver and navigator until the start of the event. Such competition began in 1907 with a Beijing-to-Paris event (12,000 km [7,500 mi]). The Monte-Carlo rally began in 1911. The Paris-Dakar (Senegal) Rally (15,000 km (9,300 mi]) is considered one of the most grueling rally events.

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also spelled  rallye 

      automobile competition over a specified public route with a driver and navigator attempting to keep to a predetermined schedule between checkpoints. The course is generally unknown to contestants until the start of the rally. Such competition began in 1907 with a Beijing-to-Paris event of about 12,000 km (7,500 miles). The Monte-Carlo Rally, with various starting points, began in 1911 and continued thereafter except for wartime interruptions. Rallies became very popular after World War II in Europe and elsewhere, and international competitions were instituted. Weekend rallies came to be common worldwide, ranging from those held by local clubs to events sponsored by larger organizations. The Dakar (Senegal) Rally, first held in 1978, covers up to 15,000 km (9,300 miles) and is considered among the most grueling rally events. (In 2009 the Dakar Rally was relocated to South America after its organizers, citing terrorist threats in Africa, cancelled the 2008 race.) The longest was the London-to-Sydney rally in 1977, about 31,107 km (19,329 miles).

       Monte-Carlo Rally Monte-Carlo RallyA list of Monte-Carlo Rally winners is provided in the table.

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