- 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 rotting
The beds were crammed together, and a man in the middle of the room had spots of flesh on his body that obviously were rotting.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
What does our desperation to get a nuclear deal at all costs say to the modern-day Iranian Solzhenitsyns rotting in Evin prison?Iran’s Horrific Human-Rights Record
Sen. Mark Kirk, Sen. Marco Rubio
November 7, 2014
Savulchik thinks he was lucky to be at the hospital at all and not rotting in a field.Bitter Survivors and Caravans of Coffins from Ukraine’s “Eastern Boiler”
September 14, 2014
They were being carried out and the stench of their rotting flesh and bloated guts made it hard to examine them closely.Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza?
September 7, 2014
The small family home is still intact but the stench of rotting flesh that comes from inside is overpowering.Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?
August 1, 2014
Some reckon it incorruptible; and if it be not, it is at least a great many years in rotting.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
All the tints had turned dirty grey in this cupboard, rotting with dust and damp.Therese Raquin
The woodwork down below was rotting, and covered with filth.The Fat and the Thin
Gather at the full of the Moone for keeping, gather dry for feare of rotting.A New Orchard And Garden
The hill was covered with mushrooms, which were rotting unregarded.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
- 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 rotting
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.