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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A horseman or trooper.
- n. That which ruts.
- Likely from French routier and Dutch ruiter, meaning "something that finds a way". (Wiktionary)
“That breathtaking span is one reason the Norton Anthology feels less like a book and more like a magic carpet ride through time and space, with Stavans 'hand on the rutter, introducing every author with a crisply written biography, explaining every political and cultural reference with an ongoing series of footnotes.”
“After watching that trailer I'm convinced I've watched the whole film. phil rutter this looks like the standard friday night multiplex schlock.”
“I was eating some almond rutter nut butter with a smidgeon of local honey and hence asking.”
“Thank you…Lisa Byard-Norfolk, VA rotto rutter ralf”
“NGUYEN: So that rutter, that metal clip on the rutter that broke off is not a problem?”
“O'BRIEN: There you have it. -- the rutter and we were saying how it spread apart to give it an air brake effect.”
“The map is part of an 86-page book of 16th century sailing directions, published in French and known as a routier, or rutter.”
“In a bed, well lit by candlelight, Maria was not the fierce and dimly seen rutter she had been in the bottom of a gondola, lit by nothing more than a crescent moon.”
“Reuter, a trooper, which has given the sixteenth-century Eng. rutter, but not as a surname.”
“The New English Dictionary gives, from the year 1506, rutter (var. ruter, ruiter), a cavalry soldier, especially German, from Du. ruiter, whence Ger.”
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