rote n : memorization by repetition [syn: rote learning]
Etymology, origin uncertain. Likely from the phrase bi rote (“by heart”), c.1300. Some have proposed a relationship either with rote/rute (“route”), or rota (see rotary), but the O.E.D. calls both suggestions groundless.
- Rare, unrelated "roar of the surf" sense is c.1600, from rot (“breaking of waves”), perhaps related to rauta (“roar”).
- (usually in the phrase by rote) The
process of committing
something to memory
in a mechanical way,
usually by hearing and repeating aloud, often without full
attention to comprehension or thought
for the meaning.
- They didn't have copies of the music for everyone, so most of us had to learn the song by rote.
- Mechanical routine;
a fixed, habitual, repetitive, or mechanical
course of procedure.
- The pastoral scenes from those commercials don't bear too much resemblance to the rote of daily life on a farm.
- The roar of the surf; the sound of waves breaking on the shore.
- This noun is mostly found in the phrase "by rote", and in attributive use: "rote learning", "rote memorization", and so on. It is not normally considered an adjective, but the derived adverb rotely is attested.
Rote can refer to:
rote in French: Rote
automatically, commitment to memory, exercise of memory, flashback, grind, groove, hindsight, learning by heart, looking back, mechanically, memoir, memorization, memorizing, pace, recall, recalling, recollecting, recollection, reconsideration, reflection, remembering, remembrance, reminiscence, retrospect, retrospection, review, ritual, rote memory, routine, rut, study, treadmill, unthinkingly