Definition of Retting

1. n. The act or process of preparing flax for use by soaking, maceration, and kindred processes; -- also called rotting. See Ret.



Definition of Retting

1. Noun. The act or process of preparing flax for use by soaking, maceration, and similar processes. ¹

2. Noun. A place where flax is retted; a rettery. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Retting

1. ret [v] - See also: ret

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Retting

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retting (current term)
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Literary usage of Retting

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1. Textiles by Paul Henry Nystrom (1916)
"retting.—Next the flax is bound in convenient bundles, in preparation for "retting." retting breaks down the solid contents of the flax stalks, ..."

2. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"The operation is called rotting, or retting, and requires to be managed with great care, ... Three natural modes of steeping, or retting, the straw are ..."

3. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1921)
"The retting of Flax and Hemp.—The fibers of certain plants which are used for textile purposes can only in rare cases be separated mechanically from the ..."

4. The Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by Isaac Smith Homans, William Buck Dana (1863)
"Dew-retting is the old way of dissolving the cohesive substance which attaches the harl to ... The time required for dew-retting is from two to eight weeks, ..."

5. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1914)
"The retting of Flax and Hemp.—The fibers of certain plants which are used for textile purposes can only in rare cases be separated mechanically from the ..."

6. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1914)
"The retting of Flax and Hemp.—The fibers of certain plants which are used for textile purposes can only in rare cases be separated mechanically from the ..."

7. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1918)
"The retting of Flax and Hemp.—The fibers of certain plants which are used for textile purposes can only in rare cases be separated mechanically from the ..."

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