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(v. i.) To undergo a process common to organic substances by which they lose the cohesion of their parts and pass through certain chemical changes, giving off usually in some stages of the process more or less offensive odors; to become decomposed by a natural process; to putrefy; to decay.
(v. i.) Figuratively: To perish slowly; to decay; to die; to become corrupt.
(v. t.) To make putrid; to cause to be wholly or partially decomposed by natural processes; as, to rot vegetable fiber.
(v. t.) To expose, as flax, to a process of maceration, etc., for the purpose of separating the fiber; to ret.
(n.) Process of rotting; decay; putrefaction.
(n.) A disease or decay in fruits, leaves, or wood, supposed to be caused by minute fungi. See Bitter rot, Black rot, etc., below.
(n.) A fatal distemper which attacks sheep and sometimes other animals. It is due to the presence of a parasitic worm in the liver or gall bladder. See 1st Fluke, 2.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
v. n. Putrefy, corrupt, decompose, decay.
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Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Putrefaction, corruption, putrescence, mouldiness, mildew, decay
ANT:Integrity, wholesomeness, soundness, vigor, preservation, purity, healthiness,sweetness
Inputed by Edna
v.i. to putrefy: to become decomposed: to become morally corrupt: to become affected with sheep-rot.—v.t. to cause to rot: to bring to corruption:—pr.p. rot′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. rot′ted.—n. decay: putrefaction: a special disease of the sheep as of the potato: a decay (called dry-rot) which attacks timber: (slang) rant bosh.—ns. Rot′-grass the soft grass: the butterwort: the penny-rot; Rot′gut bad liquor; Rot′-steep the process of steeping cottons to remove impurities.
- I never did see sich tomfoolery, growled Gurt, who was enjoying himself hugely; this Baccus is all tommy rot. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- The acid used to liberate the chlorine from the bleaching powder, and the chlorine also, rot materials with which they remain in contact for any length of time. Bertha M. Clark. General Science.
- For siding, sheathing, sub-flooring, shingles, window casings and frames, redwood is much used, because of its resistance to decay, both from contact with moisture or dry rot. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- What rot you get to thinking by yourself. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- The rot must become apparent for it is to be destroyed. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- They hang on to their old positions when the position is over-past, till they become infested with little worms and dry-rot. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- I wish in my very soul that he who brought it about might die and rot, even if 'tis transportation to say it! Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- Pablo has rotted us here with inaction. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- In one part, carcases of houses, inauspiciously begun and never finished, rotted away. Charles Dickens. David Copperfield.
- They look, in colour and in substance, like a bundle of rank leaves of swampy growth that rotted long ago. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- She was then just abreast of the rotted bride-cake. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- We all know that leather is the skins of animals, dressed and prepared for our use by tanning, or some other process, which preserves them from rotting and renders them pliable and tough. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- I listened for a few moments, and in the musty rotting silence of the house believed that I could hear the murmur of their young voices. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- But humanity never gets beyond the caterpillar stage--it rots in the chrysalis, it never will have wings. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .