Definition of ret in English:

ret

Syllabification: ret

verb (rets, retting, retted)

[with object]
Soak (flax or hemp) in water to soften it and separate the fibers.
More example sentences
  • Under old methods, hemp was cut and allowed to lie in the fields for weeks until it retted enough so the fiber could be pulled off by hand.
  • Flax was grown in the country districts, ‘retted’ and ‘heckled’ in small ponds and mills, spun and woven in the single-storey ‘improved’ cottages of the villages.

Origin

late Middle English: related to Dutch reten, also to rot.

Definition of ret in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day flippant
Pronunciation: ˈflɪp(ə)nt
adjective
not showing a serious or respectful attitude