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rot

[rot] /rɒt/
verb (used without object), rotted, rotting.
1.
to undergo decomposition; decay.
2.
to deteriorate, disintegrate, fall, or become weak due to decay (often followed by away, from, off, etc.).
3.
to languish, as in confinement.
4.
to become morally corrupt or offensive.
verb (used with object), rotted, rotting.
5.
to cause to rot:
Dampness rots wood.
6.
to cause moral decay in; cause to become morally corrupt.
7.
to ret (flax, hemp, etc.).
noun
8.
the process of rotting.
9.
the state of being rotten; decay; putrefaction:
the rot of an old house.
10.
rotting or rotten matter:
the rot and waste of a swamp.
11.
moral or social decay or corruption.
12.
Pathology. any disease characterized by decay.
13.
Plant Pathology.
  1. any of various forms of decay produced by fungi or bacteria.
  2. any disease so characterized.
14.
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.
15.
interjection
16.
(used to express disagreement, distaste, or disgust.)
Origin of rot
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English rot(t)en, Old English rotian, cognate with Frisian rotsje, Dutch rotten; (noun) Middle English, perhaps < Old Norse rot (perhaps partly derivative of the v.); cf. ret, rotten)
Related forms
half-rotted, adjective
unrotted, adjective
Synonyms
1. mold, molder, putrefy, spoil. See decay. 9. decomposition, mold.
Antonyms
4, 6. purify.
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Examples from the Web for rot away
Historical Examples
  • Then, as they rot away, the child-bearing power of the fertile woman will be transferred to her.

  • "It certainly did rot away," remarked Arina Petrovna commiseratingly.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • She had no right to doom a human soul to rot away in its clay.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Likewise the double teeth or grinders, either drop out, or rot away; so as now to be too few remaining to comminute solid food.

    Medica Sacra Richard Mead
  • Every two years or so we are obliged to replace those crutches up there, otherwise they would all rot away.

  • They are all built of wood, and must be constantly patched and mended, and will rot away in a very few years.

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
  • It remained in view on the little shelf for nineteen years, while I sat there watching it rot away.

  • Another plan is to obtain a green Elder-stick, and rub the warts well with it, after which bury the stick to rot away in muck.

  • Then the flesh began to rot away, and the victim died within hours.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • It should be a real house, with a red roof glistening in the sun, and an iron sink that would not rot away.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
British Dictionary definitions for rot away

rot1

/rɒt/
verb rots, rotting, rotted
1.
to decay or cause to decay as a result of bacterial or fungal action
2.
(intransitive; usually foll by off or away) to fall or crumble (off) or break (away), as from natural decay, corrosive action, or long use
3.
(intransitive) to become weak, debilitated, or depressed through inertia, confinement, etc; languish: rotting in prison
4.
to become or cause to become morally corrupt or degenerate
5.
(transitive) (textiles) another word for ret
noun
6.
the process of rotting or the state of being rotten
7.
something decomposed, disintegrated, or degenerate related adjective putrid
8.
short for dry rot
9.
(pathol) any putrefactive decomposition of tissues
10.
a condition in plants characterized by breakdown and decay of tissues, caused by bacteria, fungi, etc
11.
(vet science) a contagious fungal disease of the feet of sheep characterized by inflammation, swelling, a foul-smelling discharge, and lameness
12.
(also interjection) nonsense; rubbish
Word Origin
Old English rotian (vb); related to Old Norse rotna. C13 (noun), from Scandinavian

rot2

abbreviation
1.
rotation (of a mathematical function)
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Word Origin and History for rot away

rot

v.

Old English rotian "to decay, putrefy," from Proto-Germanic *rutjan (cf. Old Saxon roton, Old Norse rotna, Old Frisian rotia, Middle Dutch roten, Dutch rotten, Old High German rozzen "to rot," German rößen "to steep flax"), from stem *rut-. Related: Rotted; rotting.

n.

early 14c., from rot (v.) or of Scandinavian origin (cf. Icelandic rot, Swedish röta, Danish røde "decay, putrefaction"), from the root of the verb. Slang noun sense of "rubbish, trash" is from 1848.

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rot away in Science
rot
  (rŏt)   
Verb  To undergo decomposition, especially organic decomposition; decay.

Noun  Any of several plant diseases characterized by the breakdown of tissue and caused by various bacteria or fungi.
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Slang definitions & phrases for rot away

rot

noun

Nonsense; baloney, bullshit (1848+)

verb

To be deplorable, nasty, inept, bungled, etc; stink, suck: This idea of yours rots (1960s+ Teenagers)

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Related Abbreviations for rot away

ROT

1.
registered options trader
2.
right occipitotransverse (position)
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