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

  Retting \Ret"ting\, n.
     1. The act or process of preparing flax for use by soaking,
        maceration, and kindred processes; -- also called
        rotting. See Ret. --Ure.
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     2. A place where flax is retted; a rettery. --Ure.
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From 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
        decay.
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              Fixed like a plant on his peculiar spot,
              To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot. --Pope.
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     2. Figuratively: To perish slowly; to decay; to die; to
        become corrupt.
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              Four of the sufferers were left to rot in irons.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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              Rot, poor bachelor, in your club.     --Thackeray.
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     Syn: To putrefy; corrupt; decay; spoil.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rotting
      n 1: (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or
           fungal action [syn: decomposition, rot, rotting,
           putrefaction]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  32 Moby Thesaurus words for "rotting":
     bad, cankered, carious, corrupt, decayed, decomposed, festering,
     foul, gangrened, gangrenous, gone bad, mortified, necrosed,
     necrotic, peccant, putrefacient, putrefactive, putrefied,
     putrescent, putrid, rotten, saprobic, saprogenic, saprogenous,
     saprophilous, saprophytic, septic, sphacelated, spoiled,
     suppurating, suppurative, ulcerated
  
  

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