verb (used with object), retted, retting.
to soak in water or expose to moisture, as flax or hemp, to facilitate the removal of the fiber from the woody tissue by partial rotting.
verb rets, retting, retted
(transitive) to moisten or soak (flax, hemp, jute, etc) to promote bacterial action in order to facilitate separation of the fibres from the woody tissue by beating
noun 1. a decorative structure raised above an altar at the back, often forming a frame for a picture, bas-relief, or the like, and sometimes including a shelf or shelves, as for ornaments. noun 1. an ornamental screenlike structure above and behind an altar, esp one used as a setting for a religious picture or […]
verb (used with object), tabulated, tabulating. 1. to put or arrange in a tabular, systematic, or condensed form; formulate tabularly. verb (used without object), tabulated, tabulating. 2. tab1 (def 13). adjective 3. shaped like a table or tablet; tabular. 4. having transverse septae, as certain corals. verb (transitive) (ˈtæbjʊˌleɪt) 1. Also tabularize (ˈtæbjʊləˌraɪz). to set […]
noun 1. the sale of goods to ultimate consumers, usually in small quantities (opposed to wholesale). adjective 2. pertaining to, connected with, or engaged in sale at retail: the retail price. adverb 3. in a retail quantity or at a retail price. verb (used with object) 4. to sell at retail; sell directly to the […]
- Retail elephant
noun a retail dealer or business that dominates an area Usage Note informal