Definitions for: Rot

[n] unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements); "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"
[n] (biology) decaying caused by bacterial or fungal action
[n] decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor
[v] waste away; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many prisons all over the world"
[v] break down; "The bodies decomposed in the heat"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

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.

Rot, poor bachelor, in your club. --Thackeray.

Syn: To putrefy; corrupt; decay; spoil.

Rot, v. t.
1. To make putrid; to cause to be wholly or partially
decomposed by natural processes; as, to rot vegetable

2. To expose, as flax, to a process of maceration, etc., for
the purpose of separating the fiber; to ret.

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.

Synonyms: bull, bullshit, buncombe, bunk, bunkum, crap, decompose, decomposition, dogshit, guff, hogwash, horseshit, Irish bull, molder, moulder, putrefaction, putrefaction, rotting, shit, waste

See Also: corruption, decay, decay, decay, degenerate, deteriorate, drivel, drop, gangrene, hang, mortify, necrose, putrescence, putridness, rottenness, sphacelate

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