1. [syn: decayed, rotten, rotted]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rot \Rot\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rotted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rotting.] [OE. rotien, AS. rotian; akin to D. rotten, Prov.
G. rotten, OHG. rozz?n, G. r["o]sten to steep flax, Icel.
rotna to rot, Sw. ruttna, Dan. raadne, Icel. rottin rotten.
[root]117. Cf. Ret, Rotten.]
1. To undergo a process common to organic substances by which
they lose the cohesion of their parts and pass through
certain chemical changes, giving off usually in some
stages of the process more or less offensive odors; to
become decomposed by a natural process; to putrefy; to
Fixed like a plant on his peculiar spot,
To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot. --Pope.
2. Figuratively: To perish slowly; to decay; to die; to
Four of the sufferers were left to rot in irons.
Rot, poor bachelor, in your club. --Thackeray.
Syn: To putrefy; corrupt; decay; spoil.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless; "rotten
floor boards"; "rotted beams"; "a decayed foundation"
[syn: decayed, rotten, rotted]