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Definitions of rut

  1. applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
  2. hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove; " furrow soil"
  3. a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape; " they fell into a conversational rut"
  4. be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals
  5. a groove or furrow ( especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
  6. Sexual desire or oestrus of deer, cattle, and various other mammals; heat; also, the period during which the oestrus exists.
  7. Roaring, as of waves breaking upon the shore; rote. See Rote.
  8. To cover in copulation.
  9. A track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage of anything; a groove in which anything runs. Also used figuratively.
  10. To have a strong sexual impulse at the reproductive period; - said of deer, cattle, etc.
  11. To make a rut or ruts in; - chiefly used as a past participle or a participial adj.; as, a rutted road.
  12. The track of a wheel; a groove or hollow.
  13. To cut into grooves or hollows; to make wheel tracks.
  14. Rutty.
  15. A track left by a wheel.
  16. To form ruts in:- pr. p. rutting; pa. t. and pa. p. rutted.
  17. The copulation of animals, esp. of deer.
  18. To lust, said of animals:- pr. p. rutting; pa. p. rutted.
  19. Track left by wheels; furrow.
  20. To make ruts in.
  21. A sunken track made by a wheel; any beaten track.
  22. The copulation or sexual desire in deer.
  23. A wheel- track.
  24. To cut in ruts. See Route.
  25. To lust, as deer.
  26. The engendering or copulation of deer or boars.
  27. A line cut in the soil with a spade.
  28. To cut into ruts, as a road; to cut a line on the soil with a spade.
  29. The season when deers mate and copulate.
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Usage examples for rut

  1. Rut he seemed not to hear her. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  2. We shall get into another rut directly, you'll see. – Bijou by Gyp
  3. The senator told Mr. Crewe that just such a man as he was needed to pull the State out of the rut into which she had fallen. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  4. In the rut- time, the males, even of the most cowardly species, engage in mortal combats - we see that Hero's risking of death for the sake of his intrigue was not even a mark of exceptional courage; and regarding the quality and nature of his love it tells us nothing whatever. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  5. We were driving along through a wood of scrub- oak, or barren, when our carriage, coming in contact with a stump that lay concealed beneath high grass, was pitched into a rut- it was upset- and before we could recover ourselves, away went the horse dashing through the wood, leaving the hind wheels and body of the vehicle behind. – A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America by S. A. Ferrall
  6. On all the other mornings of the week this question never occurred to him: on Sunday he never allowed a thought of the bank to cross his mind: from Sunday to Saturday he was firmly settled in the usual rut, and never dreamed of tearing himself out of it. – The Chestermarke Instinct by J. S. Fletcher
  7. The wheel, then, in some way or another, got clear of the deep rut in which it had been caught, and the horse went on again at a quick pace as before. – Bijou by Gyp
  8. I was in a rut then. – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  9. She put on the gas and bumped heavily into a hidden rut. – Sunny Slopes by Ethel Hueston
  10. Rut the boy was, not thinking of the alkali patch alone. – Out of the Triangle by Mary E. Bamford
  11. Danny thought about it with almost childish happiness; then, letting his mind return again to the established rut, he was surprised to know that mere thinking about his simple, homely duties had stilled for the time it endured the restless creature within him. – "I Conquered" by Harold Titus
  12. Soon, it is argued, a rut will have been made for so much of the immigration to follow to the new places, and so much will have been diverted from the cities. – Children of the Tenements by Jacob A. Riis
  13. It is impossible to get out of the rut I have got into. – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  14. Rut they are engaged? – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  15. But they were the men he knew, the men he worked with or worked against; and any young fellow who is lonely in a big city and placed as Dan was is just as liable, until he has found himself and located his rut in life, to mingle with persons as strange, with natures as alien, and to frequent places which in later years fill him with repulsive memories. – Dan Merrithew by Lawrence Perry
  16. He had, however, done so, because the rollers he used had made a rut in the sand in advance of her present position. – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss
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