- to soak in water or expose to moisture, as flax or hemp, to facilitate the removal of the fiber from the woody tissue by partial rotting.
Origin of ret
Examples from the Web for ret
"She's by far the sweetest child you've got, Marg'ret," she said to Mrs. Underhill.A Little Girl in Old New York
Amanda Millie Douglas
If you grow some flax, you can ret it also and remove the fiber.Clothing and Health
Dis heah coat and weskit nuver did you no favor anyways—I hear Miss Marg'ret talkin' 'bout it de fust time you ever put 'em on."George Washington's" Last Duel
Thomas Nelson Page
Sonig say, 'Tomorrow we be friendry and we ret those two go for another wawrk in the woods.--And Devious the Line of Duty
Reticence, ret′i-sens, n. concealment by silence: reserve in speech—also Ret′icency.
- (tr) to moisten or soak (flax, hemp, jute, etc) to promote bacterial action in order to facilitate separation of the fibres from the woody tissue by beating
Word Origin and History for ret
"to soak stems of fibrous plants (flax, hemp, jute, etc.) to soften them," mid-15c., probably from Middle Dutch roten (or an unrecorded cognate Old Norse word that is related to Norwegian røyta, Swedish röta, Danish røde); considered to be related to Old English rotian "to rot" (see rot (v.)), but the vowel is difficult.