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- n. A thing that ruts.
- n. A tool used in peat cutting.
- n. A guide who leads the way through a difficult or unknown course.
- n. A pilot book or seaman's guide carried by navigators in the Middle Ages; a precursor to the modern navigation chart.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A horseman or trooper.
- n. That which ruts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trooper; a dragoon; specifically, a mercenary horse-soldier in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
- n. A dashing gallant; a man of fashion.
- n. A direction for the road or course, especially for a course by sea.
- n. One that ruts.
- n. A form of plow for cutting ruts in a logging-road for the runners of the sleds to run in.
Likely from French routier and Dutch ruiter, meaning "something that finds a way". (Wiktionary)