from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sunken track or groove made by the passage of vehicles.
- n. A fixed, usually boring routine.
- transitive v. To furrow.
- n. An annually recurring condition or period of sexual excitement and reproductive activity in male deer.
- n. A condition or period of mammalian sexual activity, such as estrus.
- intransitive v. To be in rut.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Sexual desire or oestrus of cattle, and various other mammals
- v. to be in the annual rut
- v. to have sexual intercourse
- n. A furrow, groove, or track worn in the ground, as from the passage of many wheels along a road
- n. A fixed routine, procedure, line of conduct, thought or feeling (See also rutter)
- n. A dull routine
- v. To make a furrow
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sexual desire or œstrus of deer, cattle, and various other mammals; heat; also, the period during which the œstrus exists.
- n. Roaring, as of waves breaking upon the shore; rote. See Rote.
- intransitive v. To have a strong sexual impulse at the reproductive period; -- said of deer, cattle, etc.
- transitive v. To cover in copulation.
- n. A track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage of anything; a groove in which anything runs. Also used figuratively.
- transitive v. To make a rut or ruts in; -- chiefly used as a past participle or a participial adj..
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A narrow track worn or cut in the ground; especially, the hollow track made by a wheel in passing over the ground.
- n. A wrinkle.
- n. Any beaten path or mode of procedure; an established habit or course.
- To mark with or as with ruts; trace furrows in; also, to wrinkle: as, to rut the earth with a spade, or with cart-wheels.
- n. A roaring noise; uproar.
- n. The noise made by deer at the time of sexual excitement; hence, the periodical sexual excitement or heat of animals; the period of heat.
- To be in heat; desire copulation.
- To copulate with.
- An obsolete or dialectal form of rout.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
- n. a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
- n. a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape
- v. be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals
- v. hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove
Possibly alteration of route.
Middle English rutte, from Old French rut, from Vulgar Latin *rūgitus, from *rūgere, to roar, from Latin rūgīre, to roar.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French ‘noise, roar, bellowing’, from Latin rugitus, from rugire ‘to roar’ (Wiktionary)
16th century. Probably from French route ‘road’ (Wiktionary)