Meaning of RET in English

RET

I. ˈret, usu -ed.+V verb

( retted ; retted ; retting ; rets )

Etymology: Middle English reten, from Middle Dutch reten, reeten

transitive verb

1. : to soak or expose (as flax or hemp) to moisture in order to promote the loosening of the fiber from the woody tissue by bacterial action ; also : to treat chemically for loosening of the fiber from the woody tissue

2. : to rot or injure by exposure to moisture

intransitive verb

: to become retted : undergo loosening of the fiber from the woody tissue after soaking

it finally rets, and the black inner fiber … can be gathered up and baled — Thomas Barbour

II. noun

( -s )

: retting

dew- ret

water- ret

III. abbreviation

1. retain; retainer; retaining

2. retard

3. retired

4. return; returned

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