Definitions for: Rut

[n] a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape; "they fell into a conversational rut"
[n] a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
[n] applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
[v] hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove; "furrow soil"
[v] be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals

Webster (1913) Definition: Rut, n. [F. rut, OF. ruit, L. rugitus a roaring, fr.
rugire to roar; -- so called from the noise made by deer in
rutting time.]
1. (Physiol.) Sexual desire or [oe]strus of deer, cattle, and
various other mammals; heat; also, the period during which
the [oe]strus exists.

2. Roaring, as of waves breaking upon the shore; rote. See

Rut, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rutted; p. pr. & vb. n.
To have a strong sexual impulse at the reproductive period;
-- said of deer, cattle, etc.

Rut, v. t.
To cover in copulation. --Dryden.

Rut, n. [variant of route.]
A track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage of anything; a
groove in which anything runs. Also used figuratively.

Synonyms: estrus, furrow, groove, groove, heat, oestrus

Antonyms: anestrum, anestrus, anoestrum, anoestrus

See Also: be, channel, cut into, delve, dig, groove, modus operandi, physiological condition, physiological state, routine, turn over

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