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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.
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An average depth of the smallest ruts of the least rutted roads having a dividing strip equal [h.sub.m] = 1.81 mm and standard deviation makes [s.sub.h] = 1.18 mm (rut 7 on the road A13) while the roads without a dividing strip--[h.sub.m] = 2.98 mm and [s.sub.h] = 1.93 mm.
17-0123/17-99-2001)--carried out a number of investigations into the spot speeds under adverse weather conditions and on variously rutted two-way, two-lane national roads with the soft shoulders.
At a forest fire not long ago, a little green bug bumped over rutted back roads, shuttling people and equipment back and forth.