Definition of Rut

1. Noun. A groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels).

Generic synonyms: Channel, Groove
Derivative terms: Rutty

2. Verb. Be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals.
Generic synonyms: Be

3. Noun. A settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape. "They fell into a conversational rut"
Exact synonyms: Groove
Generic synonyms: Modus Operandi, Routine

4. Verb. Hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove. "Furrow soil"
Exact synonyms: Furrow, Groove
Generic synonyms: Cut Into, Delve, Dig, Turn Over
Derivative terms: Furrow, Groove, Groove

5. Noun. Applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity.
Exact synonyms: Estrus, Heat, Oestrus
Generic synonyms: Physical Condition, Physiological Condition, Physiological State
Antonyms: Anestrus
Derivative terms: Estrous

Definition of Rut

1. n. Sexual desire or œstrus of deer, cattle, and various other mammals; heat; also, the period during which the œstrus exists.

2. v. i. To have a strong sexual impulse at the reproductive period; -- said of deer, cattle, etc.

3. v. t. To cover in copulation.

4. n. A track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage of anything; a groove in which anything runs. Also used figuratively.

5. v. t. To make a rut or ruts in; -- chiefly used as a past participle or a participial adj.; as, a rutted road.

Definition of Rut

1. Noun. (zoology) Sexual desire or oestrus of cattle, and various other mammals ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) to be in the annual rut ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) to have sexual intercourse ¹

4. Noun. A furrow, groove, or track worn in the ground, as from the passage of many wheels along a road ¹

5. Noun. A fixed routine, procedure, line of conduct, thought or feeling (See also rutter) ¹

6. Noun. A dull routine ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To make a furrow ¹

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Definition of Rut

1. to make ruts (grooves) in [v RUTTED, RUTTING, RUTS]

Medical Definition of Rut

1. 1. Sexual desire or oestrus of deer, cattle, and various other mammals; heat; also, the period during which the oestrus exists. 2. Roaring, as of waves breaking upon the shore; rote. See Rote. Origin: F. Rut, OF. Ruit, L. Ruditus a roaring, fr. Rugire to roar; -sp called from the noise made by deer in rutting time. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rut

rusty blackbird
rusty grackle
rusty nail
rusty rig
rusty sputum
rusty tinamou
rusty tinamous
rusty trombone
rusty woodsia
rut (current term)
rutabaga plant

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