I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hruozza crowd Date: 14th century crowd III,1 II. noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. the use of memory usually with little intelligence <
learn by rote
2. mechanical or unthinking routine or repetition <
a joyless sense of order, rote, and commercial hustle — L. L. King
III. adjective Date: 1641 1. learned or memorized by rote 2. mechanical 3a IV. noun Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rauta to roar — more at rout Date: 1610 the noise of surf on the shore

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