Definitions for: Rout


[n] an overwhelming defeat
[n] a disorderly crowd of people
[v] defeat disastrously
[v] cause to flee
[v] make a groove in
[v] dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"



Webster (1913) Definition: Rout (rout), v. i. [AS. hr[=u]tan.]
To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly. [Obs. or
Scot.] --Chaucer.


Rout, n.
A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance;
tumult. --Shak.

This new book the whole world makes such a rout about.
--Sterne.

``My child, it is not well,'' I said, ``Among the
graves to shout; To laugh and play among the dead, And
make this noisy rout.'' --Trench.


Rout, v. t. [A variant of root.]
To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow.

To rout out
(a) To turn up to view, as if by rooting; to discover; to
find.
(b) To turn out by force or compulsion; as, to rout people
out of bed. [Colloq.]


Rout, v. i.
To search or root in the ground, as a swine. --Edwards.


Rout, n. [OF. route, LL. rupta, properly, a breaking, fr.
L. ruptus, p. p. of rumpere to break. See Rupture, reave,
and cf. Rote repetition of forms, Route. In some senses
this word has been confused with rout a bellowing, an
uproar.] [Formerly spelled also route.]
1. A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a
traveling company or throng. [Obs.] ``A route of ratones
[rats].'' --Piers Plowman. ``A great solemn route.''
--Chaucer.

And ever he rode the hinderest of the route.
--Chaucer.

A rout of people there assembled were. --Spenser.

2. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the
rabble; the herd of common people.

the endless routs of wretched thralls. --Spenser.

The ringleader and head of all this rout. --Shak.

Nor do I name of men the common rout. --Milton.

3. The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion;
-- said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces,
and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of
defeating and breaking up an army; as, the rout of the
enemy was complete.

thy army . . . Dispersed in rout, betook them all to
fly. --Daniel.

To these giad conquest, murderous rout to those.
--pope.

4. (Law) A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled
together with intent to do a thing which, if executed,
would make them rioters, and actually making a motion
toward the executing thereof. --Wharton.

5. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party. ``At routs
and dances.'' --Landor.

To put to rout, to defeat and throw into confusion; to
overthrow and put to flight.


Rout, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Routed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Routing.]
To break the ranks of, as troops, and put them to flight in
disorder; to put to rout.

That party . . . that charged the Scots, so totally
routed and defeated their whole army, that they fied.
--Clarendon.

Syn: To defeat; discomfit; overpower; overthrow.


Rout, v. i.
To assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to
collect in company. [obs.] --Bacon.

In all that land no Christian[s] durste route.
--Chaucer.

Synonyms: expel, gouge, groove, mob, rabble, root, rootle, rout out, spreadeagle, spread-eagle

See Also: beat, beat out, core out, crowd, crush, cut into, defeat, defeat, delve, dig, hollow, hollow out, licking, lynch mob, overcome, shell, trounce, turn over, vanquish

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