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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rout \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." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] And ever he rode the hinderest of the route. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] A rout of people there assembled were. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people. [1913 Webster] the endless routs of wretched thralls. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] The ringleader and head of all this rout. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Nor do I name of men the common rout. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] thy army . . . Dispersed in rout, betook them all to fly. --Daniel. [1913 Webster] To these giad conquest, murderous rout to those. --pope. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. A fashionable assembly, or large evening party. "At routs and dances." --Landor. [1913 Webster] To put to rout, to defeat and throw into confusion; to overthrow and put to flight. [1913 Webster]