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Definitions for rout
raʊt, rutrout

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mob, rabble, routnoun

    a disorderly crowd of people

  2. routverb

    an overwhelming defeat

  3. rout, rout out, expelverb

    cause to flee

    "rout out the fighters from their caves"

  4. rout, root, rootleverb

    dig with the snout

    "the pig was rooting for truffles"

  5. rout, gougeverb

    make a groove in

  6. spread-eagle, spreadeagle, routverb

    defeat disastrously

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. Rout

    A rout is a panicked, disorderly and undisciplined retreat of troops from a battlefield, following a collapse in a given unit's command authority, unit cohesion and combat morale (esprit de corps).


  1. rout

    A rout is a disorderly or hasty retreat of defeated troops, or it can also refer to a decisive defeat. In addition, rout can describe a situation where someone or something is being dealt with thoroughly or decisively. Alternatively, rout can also mean continuous or large-scale action, or digging or furrowing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Routverb

    to roar; to bellow; to snort; to snore loudly

  2. Routnoun

    a bellowing; a shouting; noise; clamor; uproar; disturbance; tumult

  3. Routverb

    to scoop out with a gouge or other tool; to furrow

  4. Routverb

    to search or root in the ground, as a swine

  5. Routnoun

    a troop; a throng; a company; an assembly; especially, a traveling company or throng

  6. Routnoun

    a disorderly and tumultuous crowd; a mob; hence, the rabble; the herd of common people

  7. Routnoun

    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

  8. Routnoun

    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

  9. Routnoun

    a fashionable assembly, or large evening party

  10. Routverb

    to break the ranks of, as troops, and put them to flight in disorder; to put to rout

  11. Routverb

    to assemble in a crowd, whether orderly or disorderly; to collect in company

  12. Etymology: [OF. route, LL. rupta, properly, a breaking, fr. L. ruptus, p. p. of rumpere to break. See Rupture, reave, and cf. Rote repetition of forms, Route. In some senses this word has been confused with rout a bellowing, an uproar.]


  1. Rout

    A rout is a chaotic and disorderly retreat or withdrawal of troops from a battlefield, resulting in the victory of the opposing party, or following defeat, a collapse of discipline, or poor morale. A routed army often degenerates into a sense of "every man for himself" as the surviving combatants attempt to flee to safety. A disorganized rout often results in much higher casualties for the retreating force than an orderly withdrawal. On many occasions, more soldiers are killed in the rout than in the actual battle. Normally, though not always, routs either effectively end a battle, or provide the decisive victory the winner needs to gain the momentum with which to end a battle in their favor. The opposite of a rout is a rally, in which a military unit that has been giving way and is on the verge of being routed suddenly gathers itself and turns back to the offensive.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rout

    rowt, n. a tumultuous crowd, a rabble: a large party: a fashionable evening assembly.—n. Rout′-cake, a rich sweet cake for evening parties.—adjs. Rout′ish, clamorous: disorderly; Rout′ous. [O. Fr. route, a band—Low L. rupta, thing broken—L. rumpĕre, ruptum, to break.]

  2. Rout

    rowt, n. the defeat of an army or body of troops: the disorder of troops defeated: a pack of wolves.—v.i. to assemble together.—v.t. to put to disorderly flight: to defeat and throw into confusion: to conquer: to drag out, or into the light.—Put to rout, to put to flight. [O. Fr. route—L. ruptus, rupta, pa.p. of rumpĕre, to break.]

  3. Rout

    rowt, v.i. to roar like a cow: to snore: to howl like the wind. [A.S. hrútan, to roar.]

  4. Rout

    rowt, v.t. to root up, as a pig: to scoop out.—v.i. to poke about—also Wrout.—n. Rout′er, a sash-plane, as Rout′er-gauge, for inlaid work.—v.t. Rout′er, to cut out, leaving some parts in relief.—ns. Rout′er-plane, a plane for the bottoms of rectangular cavities; Rout′er-saw; Rout′ing-machine′, a shaping-machine for wood, metal, or stone. [Root.]

  5. Rout

    rowt, n. the brent goose. [Ice. hrota.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rout

    The confusion and disorder created in any body of men when defeated and dispersed.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rout

    The confusion created in an army or body of troops when defeated or dispersed. To put to the rout, is to defeat and throw into confusion. The term expresses more than a defeat, because it implies a dispersion of the enemy’s forces; for a defeated enemy may retreat in good order; but when routed, order and discipline are at an end.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Rout

    A fashionable assembly, so called from the German rotte and Celtic “rhauter,” a crowd. The name is now never heard, but what are called “Rout Seats,” generally requisitioned for such gatherings, are still let out on hire.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ROUT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Rout is ranked #45189 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Rout surname appeared 474 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Rout.

    58.4% or 277 total occurrences were White.
    22.3% or 106 total occurrences were Asian.
    14.1% or 67 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rout in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rout in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rout in a Sentence

  1. Helen Lau:

    China has taken advantage of low gold prices and an equity market rout to stock up on gold assets.

  2. Will Hobbs:

    The frenzy surrounding crypto has ebbed and flowed with prices, none of the crypto currencies currently fulfill any of the criteria that we would look for in an investible asset and we would continue to advise extreme caution. The rout in crypto currencies is still not finished.

  3. The IEA:

    Barring a disorderly production response, it may well take some time for supply and demand to respond to the price rout.

  4. Lorne Baring:

    Europe's main indices are attractively valued on a price to earnings basis and with no shocks in the peak period of earnings reporting season in the U.S., it appears that equity investors may have found a base to build upon after the rout in August and September, easy monetary conditions are clearly going to remain for some time and that is also bolstering sentiment at the moment. We would expect further gains after a rough period for global investors.

  5. Scott Brown:

    I don't think anybody really expected to see this kind of rout in global equities at the start of the year.

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    A abandon
    B hodgepodge
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