AskDefine | Define ret

Dictionary Definition

ret v : of flax, hemp, or jute, so as to promote loosening of the fibers form the woody tissue [also: retting, retted]

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English

Pronunciation

ret

Verb

  1. To prepare (flax etc) for use, by separating the fibers from the woody part by process of soaking, macerating, and other treatment.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 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

Derived terms

Czech

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. lip

Derived terms

Danish

Etymology 1

From old Norse réttr, old German reht

Adjective

ret

Adverb

ret

Noun

ret

Etymology 2

From old Norse réttr, old German richte

Noun

ret

Extensive Definition

RET is a three-letter abbreviation that may refer to:
In engineering and computer science:
In transportation:
RET may also refer to:
ret in Danish: Ret
ret in German: RET
ret in Esperanto: RET
ret in French: RET
ret in Italian: RET
ret in Dutch: RET
ret in Polish: RET
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