- to undergo decomposition; decay.
- to deteriorate, disintegrate, fall, or become weak due to decay (often followed by away, from, off, etc.).
- to languish, as in confinement.
- to become morally corrupt or offensive.
- to cause to rot: Dampness rots wood.
- to cause moral decay in; cause to become morally corrupt.
- to ret (flax, hemp, etc.).
- the process of rotting.
- the state of being rotten; decay; putrefaction: the rot of an old house.
- rotting or rotten matter: the rot and waste of a swamp.
- moral or social decay or corruption.
- Pathology. any disease characterized by decay.
- Plant Pathology.
- any of various forms of decay produced by fungi or bacteria.
- any disease so characterized.
- Veterinary Pathology. a bacterial infection of sheep and cattle characterized by decay of the hoofs, caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum in cattle and Bacteroides nodosus in sheep.
- (used to express disagreement, distaste, or disgust.)
Origin of rot
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Examples from the Web for rotted
Their house, which has never been painted, is sagging and rotted and porous.American Dreams: ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell
April 30, 2012
The plants in Figure 82 grew in the woods where a log had rotted down.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
A battery which has a leaky jar will also have a case which is rotted at the bottom and sides.
Positives which are rotted and disintegrated are, of course, hopeless, and must be junked.
The stump had rotted so that one could kick it to pieces with the heel of a boot.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
How could hands alone repair a bridge which had rotted away?The Philippine Islands
- to decay or cause to decay as a result of bacterial or fungal action
- (intr ; usually foll by off or away) to fall or crumble (off) or break (away), as from natural decay, corrosive action, or long use
- (intr) to become weak, debilitated, or depressed through inertia, confinement, etc; languishrotting in prison
- to become or cause to become morally corrupt or degenerate
- (tr) textiles another word for ret
- the process of rotting or the state of being rotten
- something decomposed, disintegrated, or degenerateRelated adjective: putrid
- short for dry rot
- pathol any putrefactive decomposition of tissues
- a condition in plants characterized by breakdown and decay of tissues, caused by bacteria, fungi, etc
- vet science a contagious fungal disease of the feet of sheep characterized by inflammation, swelling, a foul-smelling discharge, and lameness
- (also interjection) nonsense; rubbish
- rotation (of a mathematical function)
Word Origin and History for rotted
Old English rotian "to decay, putrefy," from Proto-Germanic *rutjan (cf. Old Saxon roton, Old Norse rotna, Old Frisian rotia, Middle Dutch roten, Dutch rotten, Old High German rozzen "to rot," German rößen "to steep flax"), from stem *rut-. Related: Rotted; rotting.
early 14c., from rot (v.) or of Scandinavian origin (cf. Icelandic rot, Swedish röta, Danish røde "decay, putrefaction"), from the root of the verb. Slang noun sense of "rubbish, trash" is from 1848.
- To undergo decomposition, especially organic decomposition; decay.
- Any of several plant diseases characterized by the breakdown of tissue and caused by various bacteria or fungi.