verb (used with object), ret·ted, ret·ting.
Words nearby ret
Origin of ret
OTHER WORDS FROM retun·ret·ted, adjective
Examples from the Web for retting
The fibre is separated from the stalks by a process of retting similar to that for flax and hemp.
Breaking means removing the dry wood portion which has been decomposed by the retting.
After the first few days of immersion the stalks are examined daily to test the progress of the retting.
Retting, ret′ing, n. the act or process of preparing flax for use by rotting the useless part of the plant.
After retting, the flax is spread to dry in the fields and is then ready for the next process, called breaking.