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rut

(rŭt)
n.
1. A regularly recurring condition of fertility during which breeding occurs in certain mammals, especially deer and various other ungulates: a buck in rut.
2. The period during which this condition occurs.
intr.v. rutted, rutting, ruts
To be in rut.

rut

the period of maximum testicular activity in male mammals (compare OESTRUS CYCLE), particularly applied to the period of sexual activity in deer.

rut

the period of increased sexual activity occurring in the autumn (fall) in some male mammals, especially deer and elephants. It is accompanied by increased testicular activity, especially spermatogenesis, and in deer by shedding of the antlers and a marked increase in vocalizing and aggression. The vocalizing is a distinctive deep roar known as 'the rut'. The aggressive actions have the effect of keeping attending females close and competing males at a distance.
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The horse stumbled in a rut, then swerved aside and broke into a gallop.
I loved to fall into the common rut, and had a whole-hearted terror of any kind of eccentricity in myself.
But by coolly giving the reins a better direction herself they happily passed the danger; and by once afterwards judiciously putting out her hand they neither fell into a rut, nor ran foul of a dung-cart; and Anne, with some amusement at their style of driving, which she imagined no bad representation of the general guidance of their affairs, found herself safely deposited by them at the Cottage.
And so standing, his head pressed against the top, a rut in the road, jolting the wagon and its contents, caused his head to bump violently.
A rut in the roadway made the nearest trunk tilt one edge in the air and shift position, so that when it tilted back again it rested on Michael's paw.
Another rut saved him, however, tilting the trunk just sufficiently to enable his violent struggling to drag the foot clear.
A CARTER was driving a wagon along a country lane, when the wheels sank down deep into a rut.
A shallow pool in the guttered depression of an old wheel rut, as from a recent rain, met his eye with a crimson gleam.
Otherwise it's hard for them to get out of the common rut; and to remain in the common rut is what they can't submit to, from their very nature again, and to my mind they ought not, indeed, to submit to it.
Many of my bowhunting pals know I spend an inordinate amount of time afield with camera gear during the rut, so I get loads of questions concerning what exactly bucks are doing, and why a certain buck has disappeared right off their radar.
The reggae in-fluenced punk band The Ruts formed in 1977, releasing their debut single In a Rut in January 1979 before hitting the top 10 six months later with Babylon's Burning.
Ruts DC formed in 1981 by the rhythm section and guitarist from The Ruts originals who were known for their 1979 Top 10 hit Babylon's Burning.