rout
I. noun Etymology: Middle English route band, company of soldiers, crowd, from Anglo-French rute band, from Vulgar Latin *rupta, from Latin, feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break — more at reave Date: 13th century 1. a crowd of people ; throng; specifically rabble 2b 2. a. disturbance b. archaic fuss 3. a fashionable gathering II. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English rowten, from Old Norse rauta; akin to Old English rēotan to weep, Latin rudere to roar Date: 14th century dialect chiefly British to low loudly ; bellow — used of cattle III. verb Etymology: alteration of 3root Date: circa 1564 intransitive verb 1. to poke around with the snout ; root <
pigs routing in the earth
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2. to search haphazardly transitive verb 1. a. archaic to dig up with the snout b. to gouge out or make a furrow in (as wood or metal) 2. a. to force out as if by digging — usually used with out b. to cause to emerge especially from bed 3. to come up with ; uncover <
scouts…routing out new talent — Carrie Donovan
>
IV. noun Etymology: Middle French route defeat, perhaps from mettre en route to set going, put into motion Date: 1598 1. a state of wild confusion or disorderly retreat 2. a. a disastrous defeat ; debacle b. a precipitate flight V. transitive verb Date: circa 1600 1. a. to disorganize completely ; demoralize b. to put to precipitate flight c. to defeat decisively or disastrously <
the discomfiture of seeing their party routed at the polls — A. N. Holcombe
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2. to drive out ; dispel

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  • 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.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rout — rout1 [rout] n. [ME route < OFr, troop, band, lit., part broken off < L rupta: see ROUTE] 1. a disorderly crowd; noisy mob; rabble 2. a disorderly flight or retreat, as of defeated troops [to be put to rout] 3. an overwhelming defeat 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • rout — rout·ous; rout·ous·ly; de·rout; rout; rout·er; …   English syllables

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rout — (rout , et, plus souvent, raout ) s. m. Assemblée nombreuse de personnes du grand monde. •   Je pris à l Arsenal un jour pour recevoir du monde ; mais heureusement les routs n étaient pas encore introduits en France, GENLIS Mém. t. V, p. 188,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • rout — Ⅰ. rout [1] ► NOUN 1) a disorderly retreat of defeated troops. 2) a decisive defeat. 3) archaic a disorderly or tumultuous crowd of people. ► VERB ▪ defeat utterly and force to retreat. ORIGIN obsolete French …   English terms dictionary

  • Rout — Rout, v. i. To search or root in the ground, as a swine. Edwards. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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