Definition of Dry rot

1. Noun. A crumbling and drying of timber or bulbs or potatoes or fruit caused by a fungus.

Generic synonyms: Plant Disease

2. Noun. A fungus causing dry rot.
Generic synonyms: Fungus

Definition of Dry rot

1. Noun. The crumbly, friable decayed portions of wooden members of buildings, especially at or below grade, usually caused by a fungal infection. ¹

2. Noun. Metaphorically, a progressive malaise of decay, corruption, or datedness. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dry Rot

dry off
dry one's eyes
dry out
dry pack
dry pericarditis
dry pint
dry pleurisy
dry point
dry powder
dry powder inhaler
dry quart
dry rale
dry reach
dry riser
dry risers
dry rot (current term)
dry run
dry runs
dry season
dry seasons
dry socket
dry spells
dry steering
dry sump
dry synovitis
dry tetter
dry ton
dry unit

Literary usage of Dry rot

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1829)
"The came of dry rot Discovered; with a Description of a Patent Invention for Preserving Decked Vessels ft om dry rot, and goods on board from damage by heat ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1817)
"On the Dry-rot. [May, with an epitaph by Mrs. Hannah More; and of Mary wife Of the Bew. ... ______ ON DRY-ROT. “A disease known, is half removed. ..."

3. Building Construction and Superintendence by Frank Eugene Kidder (1915)
"dry rot, on the contrary, occurs in confined places where the gases cannot escape, ... dry rot IN TIMBER. This is generally caused by want of ventilation. ..."

4. Journal by Institution of Electrical Engineers Radio Section (1874)
"The dry rot is a slow, mouldering, destructive action that timber undergoes, ... dry rot generally arises from painting or tarring young, unseasoned timber, ..."

5. Fungous Diseases of Plants: With Chapters on Physiology, Culture Methods and by Benjamin Minge Duggar (1909)
"It is very probable that many of the diseases described under the name of dry rot, end rot, bundle blighting, etc., are due to the fungus here discussed. ..."

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