rot

To rot is to decompose, or break down into smaller parts. When old food at the back of your refrigerator rots, you should throw it away.

Sometimes you can tell when something is beginning to rot because it smells bad. But the process that occurs when things rot is a natural one that you can see all around you as you walk through the woods or along the beach. Living organisms have to rot after they die, to make room for more organisms.

Primary Meanings of rot

1.
vn
break down
a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor
2.
n
unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)
Full Definitions of rot
1

v break down

Synonyms:
decompose, molder, moulder
Types:
biodegrade
break down naturally through the action of biological agents
hang
suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste
Type of:
decay
undergo decay or decomposition

v become physically weaker

Synonyms:
waste
Types:
gangrene, mortify, necrose, sphacelate
undergo necrosis
Type of:
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
grow worse

n a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor

Synonyms:
putrefaction
Types:
corruption, putrescence, putridness, rottenness
a state of progressive putrefaction
Type of:
decay
an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying

n (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action

Synonyms:
decomposition, putrefaction, rotting
Type of:
decay
the process of gradually becoming inferior
2

n unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)

Synonyms:
buncombe, bunk, bunkum, guff, hogwash
Types:
bull
obscene words for unacceptable behavior
Type of:
drivel, garbage
a worthless message

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