from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A memorizing process using routine or repetition, often without full attention or comprehension: learn by rote.
- n. Mechanical routine.
- n. The sound of surf breaking on the shore.
- n. A medieval stringed instrument variably identified with a lyre, lute, or harp.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The process of learning or committing something to memory through mechanical repetition, usually by hearing and repeating aloud, often without full attention to comprehension or thought for the meaning.
- n. Mechanical routine; a fixed, habitual, repetitive, or mechanical course of procedure.
- adj. By repetition or practice.
- v. To go out by rotation or succession; to rotate.
- n. The roar of the surf; the sound of waves breaking on the shore.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A root.
- n. A kind of guitar, the notes of which were produced by a small wheel or wheel-like arrangement; an instrument similar to the hurdy-gurdy.
- n. The noise produced by the surf of the sea dashing upon the shore. See rut.
- n. A frequent repetition of forms of speech without attention to the meaning; mere repetition.
- transitive v. To learn or repeat by rote.
- intransitive v. To go out by rotation or succession; to rotate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fixed or unchanging round, as in learning or reciting something; mechanical routine in learning, or in the repetition of that which has been learned; exact memorizing, or reproduction from memory, as of words or sounds, with or without attention to their significance: chiefly in the phrase by rote.
- n. A part mechanically committed to memory.
- n. A row or rank.
- To learn by rote or by heart.
- To repeat from memory.
- To rotate; change by rotation.
- n. A musical instrument with strings, and played either by a bow, like a crowd or fiddle, or by a wheel, like a hurdy-gurdy. See crowd. Also called rota.
- An obsolete dialectal form of rout.
- n. The sound of surf, as before a storm.
- n. A Middle English form of root.
- A Middle English form of root.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. memorization by repetition
Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rauta, to roar.
Middle English, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, origin uncertain. Likely from the phrase bi ("by") rote ("heart"), c. 1300. Some have proposed a relationship either with Old French rote/rute ("route"), or Latin rota ("wheel") (see rotary), but the OED calls both suggestions groundless. (Wiktionary)
c. 1600, from Old Norse rót ("tossing, pitching (of sea)") n., perhaps related to rauta ("to roar"). (Wiktionary)