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Meaning of ROUT

Pronunciation:  rawt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an overwhelming defeat
  2. [n]  a disorderly crowd of people
  3. [v]  defeat disastrously
  4. [v]  cause to flee
  5. [v]  make a groove in
  6. [v]  dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"

ROUT is a 4 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: expel, gouge, groove, mob, rabble, root, rootle, rout out, spreadeagle, spread-eagle
 See Also: beat, beat out, core out, crowd, crush, cut into, defeat, defeat, delve, dig, hollow, hollow out, licking, lynch mob, overcome, shell, trounce, turn over, vanquish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rout\ (rout), v. i. [AS. hr[=u]tan.]
    To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly. [Obs. or
    Scot.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Rout\, n.
    A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance;
    tumult. --Shak.
          This new book the whole world makes such a rout about.
          ``My child, it is not well,'' I said, ``Among the
          graves to shout; To laugh and play among the dead, And
          make this noisy rout.''                  --Trench.
  3. \Rout\, v. t. [A variant of root.]
    To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow.
    {To rout out}
    (a) To turn up to view, as if by rooting; to discover; to
    (b) To turn out by force or compulsion; as, to rout people
        out of bed. [Colloq.]
  4. \Rout\, v. i.
    To search or root in the ground, as a swine. --Edwards.
  5. \Rout\, n. [OF. route, LL. rupta, properly, a breaking, fr.
    L. ruptus, p. p. of rumpere to break. See {Rupture}, {reave},
    and cf. {Rote} repetition of forms, {Route}. In some senses
    this word has been confused with rout a bellowing, an
    uproar.] [Formerly spelled also {route}.]
    1. A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a
       traveling company or throng. [Obs.] ``A route of ratones
       [rats].'' --Piers Plowman. ``A great solemn route.''
             And ever he rode the hinderest of the route.
             A rout of people there assembled were. --Spenser.
    2. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the
       rabble; the herd of common people.
             the endless routs of wretched thralls. --Spenser.
             The ringleader and head of all this rout. --Shak.
             Nor do I name of men the common rout. --Milton.
    3. The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion;
       -- said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces,
       and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of
       defeating and breaking up an army; as, the rout of the
       enemy was complete.
             thy army . . . Dispersed in rout, betook them all to
             fly.                                  --Daniel.
             To these giad conquest, murderous rout to those.
    4. (Law) A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled
       together with intent to do a thing which, if executed,
       would make them rioters, and actually making a motion
       toward the executing thereof. --Wharton.
    5. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party. ``At routs
       and dances.'' --Landor.
    {To put to rout}, to defeat and throw into confusion; to
       overthrow and put to flight.
  6. \Rout\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Routed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To break the ranks of, as troops, and put them to flight in
    disorder; to put to rout.
          That party . . . that charged the Scots, so totally
          routed and defeated their whole army, that they fied.
    Syn: To defeat; discomfit; overpower; overthrow.
  7. \Rout\, v. i.
    To assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to
    collect in company. [obs.] --Bacon.
          In all that land no Christian[s] durste route.