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rut1

[ruht] /rʌt/
noun
1.
a furrow or track in the ground, especially one made by the passage of a vehicle or vehicles.
2.
any furrow, groove, etc.
3.
a fixed or established mode of procedure or course of life, usually dull or unpromising:
to fall into a rut.
verb (used with object), rutted, rutting.
4.
to make a rut or ruts in; furrow.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; perhaps variant of route

rut2

[ruht] /rʌt/
noun
1.
the periodically recurring sexual excitement of the deer, goat, sheep, etc.
verb (used without object), rutted, rutting.
2.
to be in the condition of rut.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English rutte < Middle French rut, ruit < Late Latin rugītus a roaring, equivalent to Latin rugī(re) to roar + -tus suffix of v. action
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  • Throughout, he's versatile enough not to fall into ruts.
  • The road would be too soft and ruts would develop too easily.
  • Freshly powdered ruts stretched ahead as if a sleigh had preceded us.
  • The mountain roads are mere ruts in places, so you could become stuck if it has been raining.
  • The runway potholes that sprouted flowers by day had turned into treacherous invisible ruts on a moonless tropical night.
  • The new paving eliminates problems with wheel ruts, where water pools on the road.
  • Walking in ruts seldom causes damage to them, it may even help preserve them.
  • ruts may be filled with a high stability micro-surfacing mix.
  • Visitors can still glimpse wagon ruts in many sections of the road.
  • So you have to move over to keep from getting stuck in the ruts.
British Dictionary definitions for ruts

rut1

/rʌt/
noun
1.
a groove or furrow in a soft road, caused by wheels
2.
any deep mark, hole, or groove
3.
a narrow or predictable way of life, set of attitudes, etc; dreary or undeviating routine (esp in the phrase in a rut)
verb ruts, rutting, rutted
4.
(transitive) to make a rut or ruts in
Word Origin
C16: probably from French route road

rut2

/rʌt/
noun
1.
a recurrent period of sexual excitement and reproductive activity in certain male ruminants, such as the deer, that corresponds to the period of oestrus in females
2.
another name for oestrus
verb ruts, rutting, rutted
3.
(intransitive) (of male ruminants) to be in a period of sexual excitement and activity
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rut noise, roar, from Latin rugītus, from rugīre to roar
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Word Origin and History for ruts

rut

n.

"narrow track worn or cut in the ground," 1570s, probably from Middle English route (see route (n.)); though OED finds this "improbable." Metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine; habitual mode of behavior" first attested 1839.

"annually recurring sexual excitement in animals; animal mating season" (originally of deer), early 15c., from Old French rut, ruit, from Late Latin rutigum (nominative rugitus) "a bellowing," from past participle of Latin rugire "to bellow," from PIE imitative root *reu-. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Rutting.

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Idioms and Phrases with ruts

rut

see: in a rut
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