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. Heated desire of animals for connection.
  16. A track left by a wheel.
  17. To form ruts in:- pr. p. rutting; pa. t. and pa. p. rutted.
  18. The copulation of animals, esp. of deer.
  19. To lust, said of animals:- pr. p. rutting; pa. p. rutted.
  20. Track left by wheels; furrow.
  21. To make ruts in.
  22. A sunken track made by a wheel; any beaten track.
  23. The copulation or sexual desire in deer.
  24. A wheel- track.
  25. To cut in ruts. See Route.
  26. To lust, as deer.
  27. The engendering or copulation of deer or boars.
  28. To engender as deer.
  29. A line cut in the soil with a spade.
  30. To cut into ruts, as a road; to cut a line on the soil with a spade.
  31. The season when deers mate and copulate.

Usage examples for rut

  1. Rut the boy was, not thinking of the alkali patch alone. – Out of the Triangle by Mary E. Bamford
  2. We can make its impulses follow a rut, so to speak, but we cannot make them free and self- directing. – Ways of Nature by John Burroughs
  3. We shall get into another rut directly, you'll see. – Bijou by Gyp
  4. Rut they are engaged? – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. I was in a rut then. – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  8. The usual invigorating breeze was still, and Nevis's horse had fallen to a walk, pursued by a cloud of flies, when he made out the mail- carrier plodding slowly down the rut- marked trail in front of him. – A Prairie Courtship by Harold Bindloss
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Right in his rut because he's the kind that stays in a rut. – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  12. Rut he seemed not to hear her. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. 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
  14. Rut great grown people said: " No, no, Bessie Bell, there are no apple trees in all the world like that." – Somebody's Little Girl by Martha Young
  15. 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
  16. It is impossible to get out of the rut I have got into. – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. She put on the gas and bumped heavily into a hidden rut. – Sunny Slopes by Ethel Hueston
  20. 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