Definitions and meaning of ret
- (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɹɛt/
- Rhymes: -ɛt
From Middle English retten, reten; perhaps from Middle Dutch rēten, reeten (compare Middle Low German rōten; Middle High German rōzen), or from Old Norse reyta (compare Norwegian røyta, Swedish röta); all from Proto-Germanic *rautijaną (“to make mellow or soft”), from Proto-Indo-European *rewd- (“to tear; rend; rip”). Related to rot.
ret (third-person singular simple present rets, present participle retting, simple past and past participle retted)
- (transitive) To prepare (flax, hemp etc.) for further processing by soaking, which facilitates separation of fibers from the woody parts of the stem.
- 1989, Keith Bosley, translating Elias Lönnrot, The Kalevala, XLVIII:
- the hemp was retted / and soon the retting was done / and swiftly it was hung up / and hurriedly it was dried […].
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, page 621:
- the lowland nearly silent except for water-thrushes, the harvested fields, the smell of hops being dried in kilns, flax pulled up and piled in sheaves, in local practice not to be retted till the spring
- ERT, ETR, TER, ert, ter, ter-
- IPA(key): /rʌt/
- (Banda Aceh) IPA(key): [rɛt]
- Greenhill, S.J., Blust. R, & Gray, R.D. (2008). The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database: From Bioinformatics to Lexomics. Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 4:271-283.
- (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈret/
From Latin rete (“net”).
ret m (plural rets)
See the etymology of the main entry.
- third-person singular present indicative form of retre
- second-person singular imperative form of retre
- “ret” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
From Proto-Slavic *rъtъ. Compare Russian рот (rot, “mouth”).
ret m inan
- ret in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
- ret in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
- IPA(key): /rɛt/, [ˈʁad̥], [ˈʁɑd̥]
- Homophone: rat
From Old Norse réttr, from Proto-Germanic *rehtaz, cognate with Swedish rätt, rät, English right, German recht, gerecht. The Germanic adjective goes back to Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵtós, hence Latin rēctus (“straight”), Ancient Greek ὀρεκτός (orektós, “stretched out”).
ret (plural and definite singular attributive rette)
- right, proper
- Synonym: retmæssig Antonym: uretmæssig
- plain (in knitting)
- Antonym: vrang
- rightly, properly
- rather, quite
From Old Norse réttr, from Proto-Germanic *rehtuz, related to the adjective *rehtaz. The Danish word has been influenced by the German cognates Recht (“right, law”) and Gericht (“court”). The meaning “course of food” is influenced by Middle Low German richte and German Gericht.
ret c (singular definite retten, plural indefinite retter)
- (uncountable) justice, law
- Synonyms: jura, lov, justits
- court, courtroom, lawcourt (institution)
- courtroom (physical location)
- 2016, Louise Damløv, Cecilie Kallestrup, Tre meter fra Breivik: En beretning fra Nordens største terrorretssag, Informations Forlag (→ISBN)
- Kun omkring halvdelen af de vidner, forsvaret havde indkaldt for at sandsynliggøre, at Breiviks ideologi ikke var galemandssnak, mødte op i retten.
- Only about half of the witness that the defense had summoned to support that Brevik's ideology was not the talk of a madman appeared in court.
- 2017, Nadine Gordimer (tr. by Finn Holten Hansen), Æresgæst, Lindhardt og Ringhof (→ISBN)
- Retten var fyldt, og ansigter blev ved med at kigge ind ad vinduerne fra en voksende mængde udenfor.
- The courtroom was full, and faces kept looking in through the windows from a growing crowd outside.
- Synonym: retssal
- (uncountable) right, entitlement
- Alle mennesker har ret til basal respekt.
- All humans have a right to basic respect.
- Synonym: rettighed
- dish, course (of food)
- (uncountable) right side (e.g. of a fabric')
“ret,1” in Den Danske Ordbog
“ret,2” in Den Danske Ordbog
“ret,3” in Den Danske Ordbog
See the etymology of the main entry.
- imperative of rette
From English red.
From Ottoman Turkish رد (redd), from Arabic رَدّ (radd).
ret (definite accusative reddi, plural retler)
Derived from riit.
- (hunting) A flag or stake that is used as a signal in the seal hunting grounds, or as you put on the boat to find it again among the icebergs when departing from it to hunt.
- The singular active preterite indicative of riit.
- RESYSTEMATIZE, to systematise again.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)