rut

A rut is a groove in the earth, like an indent caused by wheels. It's also a boring routine that can be hard to break. If you’re stuck in a rut, you’ve been doing the same old thing for too long.

If you see a groove in the ground, especially one caused by a bike or car, that's a rut. If a rut is deep enough, you could get stuck in it, which may be why the word has another meaning. If your life has become boring, stale, and monotonous, you're in a rut. Someone who works the same job for decades may feel like they're in a rut and need to make a change.

Primary Meanings of rut

1.
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a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove
2.
n
a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape
3.
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applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals
Full Definitions of rut
1

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

Type of:
channel, groove
a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)

v hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove

Synonyms:
furrow, groove
Type of:
cut into, delve, dig, turn over
turn up, loosen, or remove earth
2

n a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape

“they fell into a conversational rut
Synonyms:
groove
Type of:
modus operandi, routine
an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
3

n applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity

Synonyms:
estrus, heat, oestrus
Antonyms:
anestrum, anestrus, anoestrum, anoestrus
applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or interval of sexual inactivity between two periods of estrus
Type of:
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

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

Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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