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4 definitions found
 for Dry rot
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rot \Rot\, n.
     1. Process of rotting; decay; putrefaction.
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     2. (Bot.) A disease or decay in fruits, leaves, or wood,
        supposed to be caused by minute fungi. See Bitter rot,
        Black rot, etc., below.
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     3. [Cf. G. rotz glanders.] A fatal distemper which attacks
        sheep and sometimes other animals. It is due to the
        presence of a parasitic worm in the liver or gall bladder.
        See 1st Fluke, 2.
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              His cattle must of rot and murrain die. --Milton.
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     Bitter rot (Bot.), a disease of apples, caused by the
        fungus Glaeosporium fructigenum. --F. L. Scribner.
  
     Black rot (Bot.), a disease of grapevines, attacking the
        leaves and fruit, caused by the fungus Laestadia
        Bidwellii. --F. L. Scribner.
  
     Dry rot (Bot.) See under Dry.
  
     Grinder's rot (Med.) See under Grinder.
  
     Potato rot. (Bot.) See under Potato.
  
     White rot (Bot.), a disease of grapes, first appearing in
        whitish pustules on the fruit, caused by the fungus
        Coniothyrium diplodiella. --F. L. Scribner.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dry \Dry\ (dr[imac]), a. [Compar. Drier; superl. Driest.]
     [OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG.
     dr["o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a
     dry log. Cf. Drought, Drouth, 3d Drug.]
     1. Free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid;
        not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal
        supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; -- said
        especially:
        (a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist.
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                  The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the
                  season.                           --Addison.
        (b) Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not
            succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
        (c) Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
        (d) Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
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                  Give the dry fool drink.          -- Shak
        (e) Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
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                  Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly. --
                                                    Prescott.
        (f) (Med.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is
            entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry
            gangrene; dry catarrh.
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     2. Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren;
        unembellished; jejune; plain.
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              These epistles will become less dry, more
              susceptible of ornament.              --Pope.
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     3. Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or
        hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone
        or manner; dry wit.
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              He was rather a dry, shrewd kind of body. --W.
                                                    Irving.
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     4. (Fine Arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of
        execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and
        of easy transition in coloring.
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     Dry area (Arch.), a small open space reserved outside the
        foundation of a building to guard it from damp.
  
     Dry blow.
        (a) (Med.) A blow which inflicts no wound, and causes no
            effusion of blood.
        (b) A quick, sharp blow.
  
     Dry bone (Min.), Smithsonite, or carbonate of zinc; -- a
        miner's term.
  
     Dry castor (Zool.) a kind of beaver; -- called also
        parchment beaver.
  
     Dry cupping. (Med.) See under Cupping.
  
     Dry dock. See under Dock.
  
     Dry fat. See Dry vat (below).
  
     Dry light, pure unobstructed light; hence, a clear,
        impartial view. --Bacon.
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              The scientific man must keep his feelings under
              stern control, lest they obtrude into his
              researches, and color the dry light in which alone
              science desires to see its objects.   -- J. C.
                                                    Shairp.
  
     Dry masonry. See Masonry.
  
     Dry measure, a system of measures of volume for dry or
        coarse articles, by the bushel, peck, etc.
  
     Dry pile (Physics), a form of the Voltaic pile, constructed
        without the use of a liquid, affording a feeble current,
        and chiefly useful in the construction of electroscopes of
        great delicacy; -- called also Zamboni's, from the names
        of the two earliest constructors of it.
  
     Dry pipe (Steam Engine), a pipe which conducts dry steam
        from a boiler.
  
     Dry plate (Photog.), a glass plate having a dry coating
        sensitive to light, upon which photographic negatives or
        pictures can be made, without moistening.
  
     Dry-plate process, the process of photographing with dry
        plates.
  
     Dry point. (Fine Arts)
        (a) An engraving made with the needle instead of the
            burin, in which the work is done nearly as in etching,
            but is finished without the use acid.
        (b) A print from such an engraving, usually upon paper.
        (c) Hence: The needle with which such an engraving is
            made.
  
     Dry rent (Eng. Law), a rent reserved by deed, without a
        clause of distress. --Bouvier.
  
     Dry rot, a decay of timber, reducing its fibers to the
        condition of a dry powdery dust, often accompanied by the
        presence of a peculiar fungus ({Merulius lacrymans),
        which is sometimes considered the cause of the decay; but
        it is more probable that the real cause is the
        decomposition of the wood itself. --D. C. Eaton. Called
        also sap rot, and, in the United States, powder post.
        --Hebert.
  
     Dry stove, a hothouse adapted to preserving the plants of
        arid climates. --Brande & C.
  
     Dry vat, a vat, basket, or other receptacle for dry
        articles.
  
     Dry wine, that in which the saccharine matter and
        fermentation were so exactly balanced, that they have
        wholly neutralized each other, and no sweetness is
        perceptible; -- opposed to sweet wine, in which the
        saccharine matter is in excess.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dry rot
      n 1: a crumbling and drying of timber or bulbs or potatoes or
           fruit caused by a fungus
      2: a fungus causing dry rot

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "dry rot":
     blast, blight, cancer, canker, caries, carrion, decay,
     decomposition, foulness, fungus, gangrene, mildew, mold,
     mortification, moth, moth and rust, must, necrosis, pest,
     putrefaction, putrescence, putridity, putridness, rancidity,
     rancidness, rankness, rot, rottenness, rust, slough, smut,
     sphacelation, sphacelus, spoilage, tooth decay, worm
  
  

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