dry-rot

verb
Updated on: 4 Mar 2018

Definition of dry-rot

: to affect with dry rot
: to become affected with dry rot

First Known Use of dry-rot

1870

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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dry rot

noun

Definition of dry rot

1 a : a decay of seasoned timber caused by fungi that consume the cellulose of wood leaving a soft skeleton which is readily reduced to powder
b : a fungal rot of plant tissue in which the affected areas are dry and often firmer than normal or more or less mummified
2 : a fungus causing dry rot
3 : decay from within caused especially by resistance to new forces

Examples of dry rot in a Sentence

  1. The windowsill was badly damaged by dry rot.

  2. Dry rot had eaten away part of the beam.

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First Known Use of dry rot

1795

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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DRY-ROT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of dry rot for English Language Learners

  • : a condition in which wood is destroyed by a type of fungus


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