[ rot ]
/ rɒt /
verb (used without object), rot·ted, rot·ting.
to undergo decomposition; decay.
to deteriorate, disintegrate, fall, or become weak due to decay (often followed by away, from, off, etc.).
to languish, as in confinement.
to become morally corrupt or offensive.
verb (used with object), rot·ted, rot·ting.
to cause to rot: Dampness rots wood.
to cause moral decay in; cause to become morally corrupt.
to ret (flax, hemp, etc.).
the process of rotting.
the state of being rotten; decay; putrefaction: the rot of an old house.
rotting or rotten matter: the rot and waste of a swamp.
moral or social decay or corruption.
Pathology. any disease characterized by decay.
- any of various forms of decay produced by fungi or bacteria.
- any disease so characterized.
Veterinary Pathology. a bacterial infection of sheep and cattle characterized by decay of the hoofs, caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum in cattle and Bacteroides nodosus in sheep.
(used to express disagreement, distaste, or disgust.)
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Origin of rot
SYNONYMS FOR rot
synonym study for rot
1. See decay.
OTHER WORDS FROM rothalf-rotted, adjectiveun·rot·ted, adjective
Definition for rot (2 of 3)
rule of thumb.
Definition for rot (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for rot (1 of 2)
/ (rɒt) /
verb rots, rotting or rotted
to decay or cause to decay as a result of bacterial or fungal action
(intr ; usually foll by off or away) to fall or crumble (off) or break (away), as from natural decay, corrosive action, or long use
(intr) to become weak, debilitated, or depressed through inertia, confinement, etc; languishrotting in prison
to become or cause to become morally corrupt or degenerate
(tr) textiles another word for ret
the process of rotting or the state of being rotten
something decomposed, disintegrated, or degenerateRelated adjective: putrid
short for dry rot
pathol any putrefactive decomposition of tissues
a condition in plants characterized by breakdown and decay of tissues, caused by bacteria, fungi, etc
vet science a contagious fungal disease of the feet of sheep characterized by inflammation, swelling, a foul-smelling discharge, and lameness
(also interjection) nonsense; rubbish
Word Origin for rot
Old English rotian (vb); related to Old Norse rotna . C13 (noun), from Scandinavian
British Dictionary definitions for rot (2 of 2)
rotation (of a mathematical function)
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Scientific definitions for rot
[ rŏt ]
To undergo decomposition, especially organic decomposition; decay.
Any of several plant diseases characterized by the breakdown of tissue and caused by various bacteria or fungi.
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