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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rot v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rotting.]
 1. To undergo a process common to organic substances by which they lose the cohesion of their parts and pass through certain chemical changes, giving off usually in some stages of the process more or less offensive odors; to become decomposed by a natural process; to putrefy; to decay.
 Fixed like a plant on his peculiar spot,
 To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.   --Pope.
 2. Figuratively: To perish slowly; to decay; to die; to become corrupt.
    Four of the sufferers were left to rot in irons.   --Macaulay.
    Rot, poor bachelor, in your club.   --Thackeray.
 Syn: -- To putrefy; corrupt; decay; spoil.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor [syn: putrefaction]
      2: (biology) decaying caused by bacterial or fungal action
         [syn: decomposition, rotting, putrefaction]
      3: unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false
         statements) [syn: bunk, bunkum, buncombe, guff, hogwash]
      v 1: break down; "The bodies decomposed in the heat" [syn: decompose,
            molder, moulder]
      2: waste away; "Political prisoners are wasting away in many
         prisons all over the world" [syn: waste]
      [also: rotting, rotted]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless; "rotten floor
            boards"; "rotted beams"; "a decayed foundation" [syn: decayed,

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See rot