[ ret ]
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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
Retting, ret′ing, n. the act or process of preparing flax for use by rotting the useless part of the plant.
Retting in stagnant water is the method usually employed in Ireland and Russia.
Warm water retting and chemical retting have met with limited success.
Most of this richness is in the seed and the part of the stalk that is removed in the retting.
After retting, the flax is spread to dry in the fields and is then ready for the next process, called breaking.Clothing and Health|Helen Kinne
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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