- Rot is defined as a way to show annoyance or disgust.
An example of rot used as an interjection is in the following sentences: "Rot! I left my cell phone at home!"
- Rot means something decayed or decomposed.
An example of a rot is a moldy, smelly piece of fruit.
- Rot is defined as to decay or decompose.
An example of rot is for an apple to go bad.
- to decompose gradually by the action of bacteria, fungi, etc.; decay; spoil
- to fall or pass (off, away, etc.) by decaying
- to become unhealthy, sickly, etc.: to rot in prison
- to become morally corrupt; degenerate
Origin: Middle English roten from Old English rotian, akin to Dutch rotten: for Indo-European base see rotten
- to cause to rot, or decompose
- a rotting or being rotten; decay, decomposition, or putrefaction
- a rotting or rotten thing or part
- any of various diseases; esp., a necrotic inflammatory disease of specific organs or tissues of domestic animals, as foot rot
- any of various plant diseases caused by fungi or bacteria and characterized by decay
- Slang nonsense; rubbish; twaddle; bosh
Origin: ME < ON, akin to OE rotian
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verb rot·ted, rot·ting, rots verb, intransitive
- To undergo decomposition, especially organic decomposition; decay.
- a. To become damaged, weakened, or useless because of decay: The beams had rotted away.b. To disappear or fall by decaying: One could see the blackened areas where the branches had rotted off.
- To languish; decline: “He was thrown into one of Napoleon's dungeons and left to rot” (Michael Massing).
- To decay morally; become degenerate.
- The process of rotting or the condition of being rotten: The rot spread quickly, rendering the bridge unsafe even for pedestrians.
- Foot rot.
- See liver fluke.
- Any of several plant diseases characterized by the breakdown of tissue and caused by various bacteria or fungi.
- Pointless talk; nonsense: She always talks such rot.
- Archaic Any disease causing the decay of flesh.
Origin: Middle English roten, from Old English rotian.
rot - Science Definition
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