verb (used with or without object), dry-rot·ted, dry-rot·ting.
Origin of dry-rot
Definition for dry-rot (2 of 2)
- 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
Examples from the Web for dry-rot
The Spanish War had done more than give straps to a lot of civilians with pulls; it had eradicated the dry-rot from the Army.The Colonel of the Red Huzzars|John Reed Scott
But that had been better than the dry-rot of an escape from righteous punishment.The Prisoner|Alice Brown
In the dry-rot, or tear fungus (Merulius lacrymans), the spore surfaces are shallow cavities.Wood and Forest|William Noyes
He hated the dry-rot like poison, and could not rest till he had ripped up every board and rafter that harboured it.A Dog with a Bad Name|Talbot Baines Reed
Freedom to let the State go to dry-rot, and become the laughing-stock of mankind.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle