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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A mechanical or unthinking way of doing something.
2. The sound of surf.
3. A medieval stringed instrument or Celtic origin. Also known as crowd or crwth.
For 1: Of obscure origin. Earliest documented use: 1325.
For 2: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin. Earliest documented use: 1610.
For 3: From Middle French rote. Earliest documented use: 1330.
"From learning by rote they graduated to living by rote."
Ashwini Bhatnagar; Dina Nath (MBA); 2014.
"The dull mist immediately broke, blossomed with marvelous colors, all kinds of sounds burst forth -- the rote of the sea, the clapping of the wind, human cries."
The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov; Knopf; 1995.
"One played the harp; another a viol;
another, the flute; another, a fife;
one played a rebeck; another, a rote."
E.D. Blodgett, translator; Romance of Flamenca; Routledge; 1995.
See more usage examples of rote in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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