• WordNet 3.6
    • v rut hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove "furrow soil"
    • v rut be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals
    • n rut a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape "they fell into a conversational rut"
    • n rut a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
    • n rut applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rut A track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage of anything; a groove in which anything runs. Also used figuratively.
    • Rut Roaring, as of waves breaking upon the shore; rote. See Rote.
    • Rut (Physiol) Sexual desire or œstrus of deer, cattle, and various other mammals; heat; also, the period during which the œstrus exists.
    • v. t Rut To cover in copulation.
    • v. i Rut To have a strong sexual impulse at the reproductive period; -- said of deer, cattle, etc.
    • v. t Rut To make a rut or ruts in; -- chiefly used as a past participle or a participial adj.; as, a rutted road.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rut A narrow track worn or cut in the ground; especially, the hollow track made by a wheel in passing over the ground.
    • n rut A wrinkle.
    • n rut Any beaten path or mode of procedure; an established habit or course.
    • rut To mark with or as with ruts; trace furrows in; also, to wrinkle: as, to rut the earth with a spade, or with cart-wheels.
    • n rut A roaring noise; uproar.
    • n rut The noise made by deer at the time of sexual excitement; hence, the periodical sexual excitement or heat of animals; the period of heat.
    • rut To be in heat; desire copulation.
    • rut To copulate with.
    • rut An obsolete or dialectal form of rout.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rut rut a track left by a wheel: an established course
    • v.t Rut to form ruts in:—pr.p. rut′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. rut′ted
    • n Rut rut the noise made by deer during sexual excitement: the periodic time of heat of animals
    • v.i Rut to be in heat
    • v.t Rut (rare) to copulate with
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  • Alan Lampkin
    Alan Lampkin
    “A rut is a grave with no ends.”
  • Vance Havner
    “Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “It takes guts to get out of the ruts.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “You won't skid if you stay in a rut.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “New roads; new ruts.”
  • Graham Swift
    Graham Swift
    “All nature's creatures join to express nature's purpose. Somewhere in their mounting and mating, rutting and butting is the very secret of nature itself.”


In a rut - In a settled or established pattern, habit or course of action, especially a boring one.
Lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut - (USA) If someone or something is lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut, they are of low moral standing because a snake's belly is low and if the snake is in a wagon rut, it is really low.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rut, OF. ruit, L. rugitus, a roaring, fr. rugire, to roar; -- so called from the noise made by deer in rutting time.]


In literature:

Tehrak was succeeded at Napata by his step-son, Rut-Ammon, a young prince of a bold and warlike temper.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
People don't get out of a deep rut like that unless they're helped out.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
The wheels of the cannon cut great ruts in the prairie, and the feet of the horses sank deep in the mud.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The only water to be procured lay in ruts and ditches by the roadside, and was filthy and fetid.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
They even found the ruts the old cart left in the ground as if they had not been left a week.
"The Man Without a Country and Other Tales" by Edward E. Hale
As a wheel landed in a rut full of thick mud, their pace was momentarily retarded.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman
A few days after these events Rut-tetet had a quarrel with her handmaiden, and she slapped her well.
"The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians" by E. A. Wallis Budge
Terribly rough going it was, with long high grass soaking wet, and the men tumbling about into ruts and over rocks.
"The Record of a Regiment of the Line" by M. Jacson
The ruts in the road cause the vehicle to bounce from side to side, and those inside are tossed about much like rubber balls.
"Miss Caprice" by St. George Rathborne
They were studded, at due intervals, with ruts so deep that if a horse!
"Willy Reilly The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton

In poetry:

I am afraid of straight roads
That stretch into the sun.
I would walk a crooked road,
A stumbling rutted one.
"Crooked Roads" by Edith Mirick
Life's pathway is full o' deep ruts,
An we mun tak gooid heed lest we stumble;
Man is made up of "ifs" and of "buts,"
It seems pairt ov his natur to grumble.
"Ther's Much Expected" by John Hartley
Brave old Sam Bamford! Rolling years
Have sunk deep ruts into thy cheeks and brow
But thy brave heart nor frets nor fears;
Faith waits in patience for the future, now.
"Lines, to Mr. Samuel Bamford, on his seventy-sixth birthday, February 28th, 1864." by Samuel Bamford
So when I look in beauty's face,
Or that of king or saint or sage,
It seems to me I darkly trace
Their being to a rutting rage . . .
Had I been Deity's adviser
Meseems I might have planned it wiser.
"Procreation" by Robert W Service
Some never looked behind, but smiled, and swiftly, hand in hand,
Departed with, a strange sweet joy I could not understand;
I know not by what silver streams their roses bud and blow,
Rut I am glad--O very glad--they should be happy so.
"Left Behind" by Susan Coolidge
And there were shipmates of old time and folks that well I knew,
That looked and laughed as I went by as once they used to do;
And up and down her rutted decks, the littered gear among,
A lad went with me all the while I lost when I was young.
"Sold Foreign" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

5 Ways to Get Out of a Style Rut .
In Iowa, the bowhunting season for deer includes the breeding period that is called the rut .
(Harms) Rut , age 95, of Muscoda, died on Monday, November 5, 2012.
Irma was united in marriage with James G Rut in 1945, and she lived her entire life in Muscoda.
As far as I was concerned, the whitetail rut was just beginning, and I'd be hunting rutting bucks clear through the end of January.
Best-selling author Harvey Mackay: Retrain your brain to get out of career rut .
Though some bucks appeared to be rutting heavily, the majority had not begun rutting actively.
Many Wisconsin deer still in rut - and easier to find.
Many of Wisconsin's deer are in the rut .
Almost everyone knows that we are smack dab in the middle of hunting season right now, but did you know that it is also the rut .
Don't Ignore Rubs During the Rut —or Secondary Rut .
My Rut & Welcome to It.
With the rut beginning to heat up, be careful not to get stuck in one.
20 Ways to Bust Out of Your Workout Rut .
Gila Rut Aveda Salon celebrated its grand opening at Torrey Hills Town Center on Jan 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In science:

In Table 1, we also show the results for the reference unitarity triangle (RUT) obtained in , where only CP violation in B → DK and |Vub/Vcb | in (11) have been used as input.
New Aspects of B -> pi pi, pi K and their Implications for Rare Decays
In obtaining the values in the column “UTfit RUT” we have used ¯ρ and ¯η from .
New Aspects of B -> pi pi, pi K and their Implications for Rare Decays
Table 1: Parameters of the reference UT (RUT) determined through |Vub/Vcb | in (11) and the CP asymmetries of the Bd → π+π− , Bd → π∓K ± system, yielding the value of γ in (10), compared with the results of .
New Aspects of B -> pi pi, pi K and their Implications for Rare Decays