from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to decay and have a foul odor. See Synonyms at decay.
- transitive v. To make gangrenous.
- intransitive v. To become decayed and have a foul odor.
- intransitive v. To become gangrenous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To become filled with a pus-like or bile-like substance.
- v. To reach an advanced stage of decomposition.
- v. To become gangrenous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To render putrid; to cause to decay offensively; to cause to be decomposed; to cause to rot.
- transitive v. To corrupt; to make foul.
- transitive v. To make morbid, carious, or gangrenous.
- intransitive v. To become putrid; to decay offensively; to rot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render putrid; cause to decay with an offensive odor; cause to become fetid by rotting. See putrefaction.
- To make carious or gangrenous.
- To corrupt; make foul or offensive.
- Synonyms Decay, Corrupt, etc. See rot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become putrid; decay with an offensive smell
Middle English putrefien, from Old French putrefier, from Latin putrefacere : puter, putr-, rotten; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)