- a defeat attended with disorderly flight; dispersal of a defeated force in complete disorder: to put an army to rout; to put reason to rout.
- any overwhelming defeat: a rout of the home team by the state champions.
- a tumultuous or disorderly crowd of persons.
- the rabble or mob.
- Law. a disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons acting together in a manner that suggests an intention to riot although they do not actually carry out the intention.
- a large, formal evening party or social gathering.
- Archaic. a company or band of people.
- to disperse in defeat and disorderly flight: to rout an army.
- to defeat decisively: to rout an opponent in conversation.
Origin of rout1
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- a course, way, or road for passage or travel: What's the shortest route to Boston?
- a customary or regular line of passage or travel: a ship on the North Atlantic route.
- a specific itinerary, round, or number of stops regularly visited by a person in the performance of his or her work or duty: a newspaper route; a mail carrier's route.
- to fix the route of: to route a tour.
- to send or forward by a particular route: to route mail to its proper destination.
- go the route, Informal.
- to see something through to completion: It was a tough assignment, but he went the route.
- Baseball.to pitch the complete game: The heat and humidity were intolerable, but the pitcher managed to go the route.
Origin of route
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- to root: pigs routing in the garden.
- to poke, search, or rummage.
- to turn over or dig up (something) with the snout.
- to find or get by searching, rummaging, etc. (usually followed by out).
- to cause to rise from bed (often followed by up or out).
- to force or drive out.
- to hollow out or furrow, as with a scoop, gouge, or machine.
Origin of rout2
- to snore.
Origin of rout3
- to bellow; roar.
- a bellow.
Origin of rout4
Examples from the Web for routed
The condensate is then supposed to be routed into the pipeline system that delivers the crude to the nearby refinery.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
But Bone, when we routed him out, could not promise us any more accommodation than he had so kindly given us the first night.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Instead, he decided to take the rod against Sunni groups, like the Anbar Awakening councils that routed al Qaeda in Iraq in 2007.Iran Is the Biggest Loser in Iraq
June 15, 2014
But Pratap Rudra, routed repeatedly by his lack of preparedness in a rapidly altering region, had exposed his weaknesses.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
The Taliban and AQ leadership were routed, on the run to Pakistan.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’
Henry A. Crumpton
May 14, 2012
He closed them slowly for a moment, as if to collect his routed thoughts.The Secret Agent
At all other points it had been not only defeated, but routed.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
For the time, fear had been routed by growth, while growth had assumed the guise of curiosity.
In the morning it was Henry who awoke first and routed his companion out of bed.
But the Belgian army within security of Antwerp had not been routed.
- an overwhelming defeat
- a disorderly retreat
- a noisy rabble
- law a group of three or more people proceeding to commit an illegal act
- archaic a large party or social gathering
- (tr) to defeat and cause to flee in confusion
- to dig over or turn up (something), esp (of an animal) with the snout; root
- (tr ; usually foll by out or up) to get or find by searching
- (tr usually foll by out) to force or drive outthey routed him out of bed at midnight
- (tr often foll by out) to hollow or gouge out
- (intr) to search, poke, or rummage
- the choice of roads taken to get to a place
- a regular journey travelled
- (capital) US a main road between citiesRoute 66
- mountaineering the direction or course taken by a climb
- med the means by which a drug or agent is administered or enters the body, such as by mouth or by injectionoral route
- to plan the route of; send by a particular route
Word Origin and History for routed
1590s, "disorderly retreat following a defeat," from Middle French route "disorderly flight of troops," literally "a breaking off, rupture," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," literally "a broken group," from noun use of Latin rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)).
The archaic English noun rout "group of persons, assemblage," is the same word, from Anglo-French rute, Old French route "host, troop, crowd," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," here with sense of "a division, a detachment." It first came to English meaning "group of soldiers" (early 13c.), also "gang of outlaws or rioters, mob" (c.1300) before the more general sense developed 14c. Also as a legal term. Cf. rout-cake (1807), one baked for use at a reception.
early 13c., from Old French rute "road, way, path" (12c.), from Latin rupta (via) "(a road) opened by force," from rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)). Sense of "fixed or regular course for carrying things" (cf. mail route) is 1792, an extension of the meaning "customary path of animals" (early 15c.).
"drive into disordered flight by defeat," c.1600, from rout (n.). Related: Routed; routing.
1890, from route (n.). Related: Routed; routing.