(Rot) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rotting.] [OE. rotien, AS. rotian; akin to D. rotten,
Prov. G. rotten, OHG. rozzn, G. rösten to steep flax, Icel. rotna to rot, Sw. ruttna, Dan. raadne,
Icel. rottin rotten. &radic117. 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,Pope.
To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.
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.
(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.
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 Glæosporium fructigenum. F. L. Scribner.
Black rot (Bot.), a disease of grapevines, attacking the leaves and fruit, caused by the fungus
Læstadia 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.