Rout

Definition of Rout

Pronunciation: rout
v. i.1.To roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly.
n.1.A bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance; tumult.
This new book the whole world makes such a rout about.
- Sterne.
"My child, it is not well," I said,
"Among the graves to shout;
To laugh and play among the dead,
And make this noisy rout."
- Trench.
v. t.1.To scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow.
To rout out
a - To turn up to view, as if by rooting; to discover; to find
b - To turn out by force or compulsion; as, to rout people out of bed.
v. i.1.To search or root in the ground, as a swine.
n.1.A troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a traveling company or throng.
And ever he rode the hinderest of the route.
- Chaucer.
A rout of people there assembled were.
- Spenser.
2.A disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people.
the endless routs of wretched thralls.
- Spenser.
The ringleader and head of all this rout.
- Shak.
Nor do I name of men the common rout.
- Milton.
3.The state of being disorganized and thrown into confusion; - said especially of an army defeated, broken in pieces, and put to flight in disorder or panic; also, the act of defeating and breaking up an army; as, the rout of the enemy was complete.
thy army . . .
Dispersed in rout, betook them all to fly.
- Daniel.
To these giad conquest, murderous rout to those.
- pope.
4.(Law) A disturbance of the peace by persons assembled together with intent to do a thing which, if executed, would make them rioters, and actually making a motion toward the executing thereof.
5.A fashionable assembly, or large evening party.
To put to rout
to defeat and throw into confusion; to overthrow and put to flight.
v. t.1.To break the ranks of, as troops, and put them to flight in disorder; to put to rout.
[imp. & p. p. Routed; p. pr. & vb. n. Routing.]
That party . . . that charged the Scots, so totally routed and defeated their whole army, that they fied.
- Clarendon.
v. i.1.To assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to collect in company.
In all that land no Christian[s] durste route.
- Chaucer.

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