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NOUN (2)

1. a disorderly crowd of people;
[syn: mob, rabble, rout]

2. an overwhelming defeat;


VERB (4)

1. cause to flee;
- Example: "rout out the fighters from their caves"
[syn: rout, rout out, expel]

2. dig with the snout;
- Example: "the pig was rooting for truffles"
[syn: rout, root, rootle]

3. make a groove in;
[syn: rout, gouge]

4. defeat disastrously;
[syn: spread-eagle, spreadeagle, rout]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rout \Rout\ (rout), v. i. [AS. hr[=u]tan.] To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly. [Obs. or Scot.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rout \Rout\, v. i. To assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to collect in company. [obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster] In all that land no Christian[s] durste route. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rout \Rout\, n. A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance; tumult. --Shak. [1913 Webster] This new book the whole world makes such a rout about. --Sterne. [1913 Webster] "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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rout \Rout\, v. t. [A variant of root.] To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow. [1913 Webster] To rout out (a) To turn up to view, as if by rooting; to discover; to find. (b) To turn out by force or compulsion; as, to rout people out of bed. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rout \Rout\, v. i. To search or root in the ground, as a swine. --Edwards. [1913 Webster]
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]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rout \Rout\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Routed; p. pr. & vb. n. Routing.] To break the ranks of, as troops, and put them to flight in disorder; to put to rout. [1913 Webster] That party . . . that charged the Scots, so totally routed and defeated their whole army, that they fied. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] Syn: To defeat; discomfit; overpower; overthrow. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rout n 1: a disorderly crowd of people [syn: mob, rabble, rout] 2: an overwhelming defeat v 1: cause to flee; "rout out the fighters from their caves" [syn: rout, rout out, expel] 2: dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles" [syn: rout, root, rootle] 3: make a groove in [syn: rout, gouge] 4: defeat disastrously [syn: spread-eagle, spreadeagle, rout]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ROUT, crim. law. A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with an intention to do a thing, which, if executed, would have made them rioters, and actually making a motion towards the execution of their purpose. 2. It generally agrees in all particulars with a riot, except only in this, that it may be a complete offence without the execution of the intended enterprise. Hawk. c. 65, s. 14; 1 Russ. on Cr. 253; 4 Bl. Com. 140; Vin. Abr. Riots, &c., A 2 Com. Dig. Forcible Entry, D 9.