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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rot  \Rot\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  make  putrid;  to  cause  to  be  wholly  or  partially 
  decomposed  by  natural  processes;  as  to  rot  vegetable 
  fiber. 
 
  2.  To  expose,  as  flax,  to  a  process  of  maceration,  etc.,  for 
  the  purpose  of  separating  the  fiber;  to  ret. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rot  \Rot\,  n. 
  1.  Process  of  rotting;  decay;  putrefaction. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  A  disease  or  decay  in  fruits,  leaves,  or  wood, 
  supposed  to  be  caused  by  minute  fungi.  See  {Bitter  rot}, 
  {Black  rot},  etc.,  below. 
 
  3.  [Cf.  G.  rotz  glanders.]  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. 
 
  His  cattle  must  of  rot  and  murrain  die.  --Milton. 
 
  {Bitter  rot}  (Bot.),  a  disease  of  apples,  caused  by  the 
  fungus  {Gl[ae]osporium  fructigenum}.  --F.  L.  Scribner. 
 
  {Black  rot}  (Bot.),  a  disease  of  grapevines,  attacking  the 
  leaves  and  fruit,  caused  by  the  fungus  {L[ae]stadia 
  Bidwellii}.  --F.  L.  Scribner. 
 
  {Dry  rot}  (Bot.)  See  under  {Dry}. 
 
  {Grinder's  rot}  (Med.)  See  under  {Grinder}. 
 
  {Potato  rot}.  (Bot.)  See  under  {Potato}. 
 
  {White  rot}  (Bot.),  a  disease  of  grapes,  first  appearing  in 
  whitish  pustules  on  the  fruit,  caused  by  the  fungus 
  {Coniothyrium  diplodiella}.  --F.  L.  Scribner. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rot  \Rot\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Rotted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Rotting}.]  [OE.  rotien,  AS  rotian;  akin  to  D.  rotten,  Prov. 
  G.  rotten,  OHG.  rozz?n,  G.  r["o]sten  to  steep  flax,  Icel. 
  rotna  to  rot,  Sw  ruttna  Dan.  raadne,  Icel.  rottin  rotten. 
  [root]117.  Cf  {Ret},  {Rotten}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  Fixed  like  a  plant  on  his  peculiar  spot,  To  draw 
  nutrition,  propagate,  and  rot.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  Figuratively:  To  perish  slowly;  to  decay;  to  die;  to 
  become  corrupt. 
 
  Four  of  the  sufferers  were  left  to  rot  in  irons. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  Rot,  poor  bachelor,  in  your  club.  --Thackeray. 
 
  Syn:  To  putrefy;  corrupt;  decay;  spoil. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  rot 
  n  1:  decay  usually  accompanied  by  an  offensive  odor  [syn:  {putrefaction}] 
  2:  decaying  caused  by  bacterial  or  fungal  action  [syn:  {decomposition}, 
  {rotting},  {putrefaction}] 
  3:  a  ludicrously  false  statement  [syn:  {bullshit},  {bull},  {Irish 
  bull},  {horseshit},  {shit},  {crap},  {bunk},  {bunkum},  {buncombe}, 
  {guff},  {hogwash},  {dogshit}] 
  v  1:  break  down  "The  bodies  decomposed  in  the  heat"  [syn:  {decompose}, 
  {molder},  {moulder}] 
  2:  waste  away  "Political  prisoners  are  wasting  away  in  many 
  prisons  all  over  the  world"  [syn:  {waste}] 




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