verb (used with or without object), dry-rot·ted, dry-rot·ting.
Origin of dry-rot
- a decay of seasoned timber, resulting in its becoming brittle and crumbling to a dry powder, caused by various fungi.
- any of various diseases of plants in which the rotted tissues are dry.
Origin of dry rot
Related Words for dry-rotshrivel, fade, pollute, wane, dwindle, disintegrate, lessen, corrode, discolor, wither, degenerate, mortify, atrophy, rot, dissolve, decompose, decline, putrefy, mildew, collapse
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Historical Examples of dry-rot
It is the only thing that will prevent what is known as the "dry-rot" from attacking her timbers.
But that had been better than the dry-rot of an escape from righteous punishment.The Prisoner
As far as my reading has taken me, it seems to be the dry-rot of nations.The World Peril of 1910
So every precaution must be taken against dampness and dry-rot.Tales of the Malayan Coast
A species of dry-rot appeared to have broken out in Liberalism.British Political Leaders