• WordNet 3.6
    • n rote memorization by repetition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rote A frequent repetition of forms of speech without attention to the meaning; mere repetition; as, to learn rules by rote . "till he the first verse could [i. e., knew] all by rote .""Thy love did read by rote , and could not spell."
    • n Rote (Mus) A kind of guitar, the notes of which were produced by a small wheel or wheel-like arrangement; an instrument similar to the hurdy-gurdy. "Well could he sing and play on a rote .""extracting mistuned dirges from their harps, crowds, and rotes ."
    • n Rote A root. "A race or two of ginger."
    • n Rote The noise produced by the surf of the sea dashing upon the shore. See Rut.
    • v. i Rote To go out by rotation or succession; to rotate.
    • v. t Rote To learn or repeat by rote.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rote A fixed or unchanging round, as in learning or reciting something; mechanical routine in learning, or in the repetition of that which has been learned; exact memorizing, or reproduction from memory, as of words or sounds, with or without attention to their significance: chiefly in the phrase by rote.
    • n rote A part mechanically committed to memory.
    • n rote A row or rank.
    • rote To learn by rote or by heart.
    • rote To repeat from memory.
    • rote To rotate; change by rotation.
    • n rote A musical instrument with strings, and played either by a bow, like a crowd or fiddle, or by a wheel, like a hurdy-gurdy. See crowd. Also called rota.
    • rote An obsolete dialectal form of rout.
    • n rote The sound of surf, as before a storm.
    • n rote A Middle English form of root.
    • rote A Middle English form of root.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rote rōt the mechanical repetition of words without knowledge of the meaning: a row or rank
    • v.t Rote (Shak.) to learn by rote
    • n Rote rōt a musical instrument with strings
    • n Rote rōt the sound of the surf.
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  • Martin Tupper
    Martin Tupper
    “Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rote, probably of German origin; cf. MHG. rotte, OHG. rota, hrota, LL. chrotta,. Cf. Crowd a kind of violin


In literature:

Very likely they no longer teach geography entirely within doors, and by rote, as I was taught.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Does rote memory or associative memory receive the emphasis?
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
He governs himself by principles which he has learned by rote, and is fit only for the details of execution.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
You talked by rote of literature, but I could not tell of what you were really thinking.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Rote learning, in Chinese schools, 24.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The matters which the Italian youth are taught they are taught by rote.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Now," sez he, "I'm goin' to build a house by rote and not by note.
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
Didn't I teach you all the ballades by rote as we wandered through Savoy?
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
He will never commit things to memory by thinking of their meaning, if he can learn them by rote.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Before that time, he had repeated by rote whatever he had been taught.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith

In poetry:

That seemed as though his heart
On some loved thing did dote;
As though he yearned apart,
Knowing some hidden smart,
Pain in the long sweet rote.
"The First Thrush" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
Bewildering phantoms rise between, and ways
Where demons claim their olden debt;
The rote of sullen streets and streams; the spume and fret
Of planet-blinding sprays.
"Even in Slumber" by Clark Ashton Smith
Thou therefore didst desire me, as I guess,
That I shou'd all those points in verse express;
That so the younglings of our flocks by rote
Might learn to sing with ease, what thus was wrote.
"The Author's Letter To A Clergyman, Who Had Desired Him To Put The Catechism Of The Church Of Englan" by Rees Prichard
And daily, nightly comes the call,
The pale unechoing note,
The faint "Aha!" sent from the wall
Of heaven, but from no ruddy throat
Of human breed or seraph's seed,
A phantom voice that cries by rote.
"A Loafer" by John Davidson
Well did they know that service all by rote,
And there was many and many a lovely note,
Some, singing loud, as if they had complained;
Some with their notes another manner feigned;
And some did sing all out with the full throat.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth
I know each shadow of your lips by rote,
Each change of love in eyelids and eyebrows;
The fashion of fair temples tremulous
With tender blood, and colour of your throat;
I know not how love is gone out of this,
Seeing that all was his.
"Before Parting" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Rote learning can take a toll on building creativity in schools.
SAN DIEGO — By now, as the Chargers' losing streak deepens, the reactions among the players have almost become rote.
If you are churning out biography after biography for a large company then I'm sure the job must feel fairly rote.
Bridge by rote is not winning technique.
Mary Ann Rote , 72, of Ash Township died this morning in Monroe.
Rote Sept 14, 1939-Oct 14, 2011.
Math Teachers Push for Reasoning Over Rote .
When Bush writes it, it stays rote.
Diplomacy by rote has its pitfalls.
At Rotee, one of the best dishes to hurry out of the oven is the fish tandoori ($9.99).
The sex is rote, the daily routines irritating.
Recently, the Banner-Herald published a commentary about China's move away from rote learning toward teaching more creative thinking skills to the upcoming generation.
The Oren Peli-produced ' Chernobyl Diaries' has a hard time scaring up much thrills with dull characters and a rote horror formula.
She wanted the time to be for review, not rote renewal, she said.
The Red Baron (Der Rote Baron).

In science:

Two years ago a long-standing open problem was settled by Connelly, Demaine, and Rote when they proved that polygonal linkages cannot lock in the plane: open polygonal chains can be straightened, and closed polygonal chains can be convexified [CDR00] [O’R00].
Computational Geometry Column 43
These include the Crystal Barrel candidate f0 (1500), the possibility of a single very broad scalar “der Rote Drache”, and various models of scalar mixing and decays.
MESON2000 Conference Summary
Another reason that physics students learn by rote.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
Leutwyler [1, 2] discussed the status of the σ meson (the “Rote Drache”) in ππ scattering.
Meson2006 Summary: Theory
Acknowledgments The author wants to thank Andrei Asinowski and G ¨unter Rote for their eagerness to listen and discuss important and non-important issues (cid:44).
Trees in simple Polygons