[ ret ]
/ rɛt /
verb (used with object), ret·ted, ret·ting.
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.
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Origin of ret
1400–50; late Middle English reten, retten; cognate with Dutch reten (compare Dutch roten,German rössen,Swedish röta); akin to rot
OTHER WORDS FROM retun·ret·ted, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ret
/ (rɛt) /
verb rets, retting or retted
(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 for ret
C15: of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch reeten, Swedish röta, German rösten; see rot 1
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