[ ret ]
/ rɛt /
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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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How to use ret in a sentence
As the Navy and Marines arrive in Haiti to bring relief, Ret.The Military Moves In|Ken Allard|January 14, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The Daily Beast experts Peter Beinart, Nicolle Wallace, Tunku Varadarajan, Christopher Brownfield, Saad Mohseni, Ret.Did America Buy It?|The Daily Beast|December 1, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Maype he trinks ret ink gocktails, like de Injuns; maype he trinks Florita Vater, oder golone.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
Dot pig ret car comes rolling righdt oop to us, invitationing us to grab holt und keep it—vich ve don'd.Motor Matt's Mystery|Stanley R. Matthews
Retirade, ret-i-rd′, n. a retrenchment in the body of a bastion which a garrison may defend.
Retina, ret′i-na, n. the innermost coating of the eye, consisting of a fine network of optic nerves.
Retinue, ret′i-nū, n. the body of retainers who follow a person of rank: a suite: a cortege.
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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