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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Said it got him out of the rut for a while.
▪ With wholesaling, you get into such a rut because of buyers' demands.
▪ Sometimes you have to listen to some really weird things to get yourself out of that rut.
▪ He'd got into a rut.
▪ Then, a curious thing happened: Duval not only won a tournament, he got in a rut.
▪ It was a way of not getting into a rut.
▪ Exercises 1-3 were designed to get me out of a rut in my playing.
▪ The carriage became stuck in a rut, and we all had to get out and push.
▪ The road to the farm had deep ruts in it.
▪ Fighting occurs during the rut as males compete for dominance.
▪ Her firefly eyes clicked open and closed, and along her forehead the horizontal grooves had deepened into sharp narrow ruts.
▪ His owner is into a living but predictable rut.
▪ It had the face of an elephant in rut, Melanie thought.
▪ It was the intent face of female in rut - yet it was also the face of Justine, impersonal with death.
▪ Jeri and I thrashed ahead, following subsidiary ruts in the dried mud, and then tire marks in the grass.
▪ She squelched along in the muddy ruts left by the cattle, avoiding other more unpleasant tokens of their passage.
▪ Some ruts are deeper than others, but all of them can do damage to your career.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rut \Rut\, v. t. To cover in copulation.


Rut \Rut\, n. [variant of route.] A track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage of anything; a groove in which anything runs. Also used figuratively.


Rut \Rut\, v. t. To make a rut or ruts in; -- chiefly used as a past participle or a participial adj.; as, a rutted road.


Rut \Rut\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rutted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rutting.] To have a strong sexual impulse at the reproductive period; -- said of deer, cattle, etc.


Rut \Rut\, n. [F. rut, OF. ruit, L. rugitus a roaring, fr. rugire to roar; -- so called from the noise made by deer in rutting time.]

  1. (Physiol.) Sexual desire or [oe]strus of deer, cattle, and various other mammals; heat; also, the period during which the [oe]strus exists.

  2. Roaring, as of waves breaking upon the shore; rote. See Rote.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"narrow track worn or cut in the ground," 1570s, probably from Middle English route (see route (n.)); though OED finds this "improbable." Metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine; habitual mode of behavior" first attested 1839.


"annually recurring sexual excitement in animals; animal mating season" (originally of deer), early 15c., from Old French rut, ruit, from Late Latin rutigum (nominative rugitus) "a bellowing," from past participle of Latin rugire "to bellow," from PIE imitative root *reu-. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Rutting.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context zoology English) Sexual desire or oestrus of cattle, and various other mammals 2 Roaring, as of waves breaking upon the shore; rote. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) to be in the annual rut 2 (context intransitive English) to have sexual intercourse 3 (context transitive English) To mount or cover during copulation. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context automotive English) A furrow, groove, or track worn in the ground, as from the passage of many wheels along a road 2 A fixed routine, procedure, line of conduct, thought or feeling (See also rutter) 3 A dull routine vb. (context transitive English) To make a furrow

  1. n. a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)

  2. a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape; "they fell into a conversational rut" [syn: groove]

  3. applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity [syn: estrus, oestrus, heat] [ant: anestrus]

  4. [also: rutting, rutted]

  1. v. be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals

  2. hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove; "furrow soil" [syn: furrow, groove]

  3. [also: rutting, rutted]


RUT may refer to:

  • Registro Único Tributario, the Colombian unique taxpayer identification number
  • Rol Único Tributario, the Chilean taxation unique contributor roll identification number
  • Rutland Railway, a former railroad in the northeastern United States
  • RUT (IATA), a state-owned public-use airport located in North Clarendon, Vermont
  • RUT (station code), a railway station that serves Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • RUT (software), remote control software for Windows
Rut (name)

Rut is both a surname and a feminine German given name. Notable people with the name include:

  • John Rut ( fl. 1512–1528), English mariner
  • Tadeusz Rut (1931–2002), Polish athlete
  • Tomasz Rut (born 1968), Polish painter
  • Rut Blees Luxemburg, German photographer
  • Rut Brandt (1920–2006), German writer
Rut (mammalian reproduction)

The rut is the mating season of ruminant animals such as deer, sheep, camel, goats, pronghorn and Asian and African antelope.

During the rut (also known as the rutting period and in domestic sheep management as tupping), males often rub their antlers or horns on trees or shrubs, fight with each other, wallow in mud or dust, self-anoint and herd estrus females together.

The rut in many species is triggered by shorter daylengths. For different species, the timing of the rut depends on the length of the gestation period ( pregnancy), usually occurring so the young are born in the spring. This is shortly after new green growth has appeared thereby providing food for the females, allowing them to provide milk for the young, and when the temperatures are warm enough to reduce the risk of young becoming hypothermic.

Rut (roads)

A rut is a depression or groove worn into a road or path by the travel of wheels or skis. Ruts can be formed by wear, as from studded snow tires common in cold climate areas, or they can form through the deformation of the asphalt concrete pavement or subbase material. Rut-like depressions can be formed on gravel roads by the erosion from flowing water.

Ruts prevent rainwater from flowing to the side of the road into ditches or gutters. Rainwater trapped in ruts is a common contributing factor to hydroplaning crashes. Severe ruts can impede steering if a vehicle has difficulty steering out of the rut. If it proves impossible to steer out of a rut, though forward and backward progress can be made by the vehicle, it is referred to as being stuck in the rut.

Ruts in gravel roads can be removed by grading the road surface. Ruts in asphalt pavement can be filled with asphalt, then overlaid with another layer of asphalt, but better results can usually be achieved by grinding off the surface to restore the proper cross slope, then resurfacing. If the ruts are formed due to deformation of the subbase below the pavement, the only long-term repair is usually full-depth reconstruction of the road.

Typically rutting is reported in terms of rut depth. Rutting is measured at highway speeds with a laser/inertial profilograph.

The term stuck in a rut can be used figuratively to refer to a situation in which, as time progresses, the situation is unable to be changed or steered in a desired way.

Usage examples of "rut".

The females of the ancipital species have a one-day flow of menses from the uterus as a prelude to the oestral cycle, when they go into rut.

Wayfield hoped to make up time in getting a handle on the natives, but the next conversation with Boget was in the familiar, frustrating rut.

He took three wrong turnings, the third into a winding country road that crossed and recrossed a river, only to deteriorate to a boreen and then end in a rutted field.

Justen concentrated on keeping the Demon headed straight and out of the deeper ruts until he heard the clunk of the firebox door.

Moreya evanescing from his mind, that he may have surmounted the rigors of proscribed rutting seasons.

Although the road north and a rutted track leading west remained clear, a barricade made up of handcarts, a wagon, and felled logs had been thrown up across the road where it continued southward.

He laboriously crossed two dust ruts, the wheels squeaking indignantly at the encounter, and then with a terrifying expression he gave the steering-gear a final wrench and deposited self and car approximately in front of the Happer steps.

The Expedition jounced and jumped along rutted ground beneath black trees, Hickey sitting stiff behind the wheel.

Seconds after he intersected the rutted tracks, he heard footsteps running toward him, coins jangling in a pocket.

Kip drops speed, and the jitney runs relatively smoothly over the rock ruts.

The rutted track disappeared, leaving nothing but native totara and karaka and a narrow track leading up to the clearing at the summit.

The pattern was the same until a four-door Warszawa with smoked rear windows crunched over the ruts alongside the kerb and halted abreast of the little man with ear-muffs.

It is a chaotic arrangement of mean huts, wooden skillings, slaughter yards, knackeries, cow pens, leather tanners, open sewers, broken fences, rutted streets, one-shilling hells and taverns, all crawling with rats and mangy cats.

Americans, and all the million casual moments of their lives, with Bascom blazing at them from a dozen pulpits, Bascom, tortured by love and madness, walking the streets of the nation, stumping the rutted roads, muttering through darkness with clasped bony hands, a gaunt and twisted figure reeling across the continent below immense and cruel skies.

Carter also went ashore, and looked curiously upon the rutted streets where wooden ox carts lumbered and feverish merchants cried their wares vacuously in the bazaars.