rout

Definitions

General English

Construction

  • To deepen and widen a crack, preparing it for patching or sealing.
  • To cut out by gouging.

Law

  • noun the offence of gathering together of people to do some unlawful act

Military

  • noun a retreat following a defeat, where command and control has completely broken down
  • verb to force the enemy into a rout

Publishing

  • verb to cut away the blank parts of a plate so that there is no chance of their printing by accident

Real Estate

  • verb to cut a groove in wood or metal, especially with a router cutter

Origin & History of “rout”

English has two words rout. ‘Disorderly retreat’ (16th c.) comes via archaic French route ‘dispersed group’ and Italian rotta ‘breakage’ from vulgar Latin *rupta, a noun use of the past participle of Latin rumpere ‘break’ (source of English corrupt, disrupt (17th c.), erupt, and rupture and related to English rob). other English descendants of *rupta are route, routine, and rut. Rout ‘dig with the nose’, hence ‘search, rummage’ (16th c.) is a variant form of root.
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