Definition of dry rot in English:

dry rot


  • 1mass noun Fungal timber decay occurring in poorly ventilated conditions in buildings, resulting in cracking and powdering of the wood.

    • ‘Bannisters have been stripped and eroded by the rain and Elaine's door has been penetrated by dry rot.’
    • ‘Even so, the building has dry rot in places and the roof still leaks.’
    • ‘Weir Baptist Church needs to raise £300,000 to develop a building on the site of the former Doals Church, in Burnley Road, which was demolished in 1996 after it was found to have dry rot.’
    • ‘There are also unsafe parts of the building as the stairs have dry rot and the main beam is rusting badly.’
    • ‘A surveyors' report revealed that the 18-year-old prefabricated building had dry rot and a collapsing floor.’
    • ‘The former home of world-renowned novelist Elizabeth Gaskell in Plymouth Grove is another building which is in dire need of work due to subsidence and dry rot.’
    • ‘Apparently the building is full of dry rot and has to come down.’
    • ‘But by the time Walter took it over, the condition of the house was already deteriorating due to dry rot.’
    • ‘However, the sellers ended up giving back a huge chunk of their profits when a termite inspection revealed that there was extensive dry rot in the internal framing.’
    • ‘There was other, direct, evidence of dry rot in the timbers of the building.’
    • ‘Mr Thompson said money raised in a matter of months to repair the old church had been spent on re-roofing, tackling dry rot, re-plastering and re-decorating.’
    • ‘She alludes to the ease with which dry rot spreads in wood.’
    • ‘The frame is all cracked now and if it stays like that it could get dry rot.’
    • ‘There are more unknowns with conversions, and you could have dry rot, for example, which will have to be dealt with despite the financial implications.’
    • ‘It is possible that a spark smoldered in dry rot in the aging timber under the house and later reignited, setting off a chain of terrible events leading to the children's deaths.’
    • ‘However, it was forced to send out an emergency appeal for help and funds after dry rot was discovered in part of the building and floods threatened to destroy the garden area.’
    • ‘If it has dry rot, whether you knew about it or not, you are responsible for getting rid of it.’
    • ‘The new visitor centre will replace the current crumbling museum building, which is suffering from damp and dry rot.’
    • ‘Ironically, the rest of the building is in good condition apart from some dry rot in the North Aisle where a temporary floor has been put down.’
    • ‘By 1952 about two thirds of the house was taken down to cope with a dramatic reduction in the number of staff available, a number of dry rot outbreaks and the bleak financial outlook at the time.’
    decay, decomposition
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  • 2The fungus that causes dry rot decay.

    Serpula lacrymans, family Corticiaceae, class Hymenomycetes

    • ‘Years of neglect and a massive infestation of dry rot have left rafters sagging.’
    • ‘A giant rainwater tank fitted in the building in the 19th century has leaked water into the walls over the years, leading to the dry rot infestation.’
    • ‘The dry rot has now entered the wainscot surrounding the lower part of the ground floor walls.’
    • ‘The school was built in the mid-1800s and is riddled with dry rot.’
    • ‘There may be dry rot growing behind the set's freshly wallpapered walls.’
    • ‘Kennet issues another urgent works notice, dealing with security, rainproofing and eradication of dry rot.’
    • ‘It was riddled with dry rot and, at some point, might have fallen down of its own accord.’
    • ‘St James' Church, St James Street, New Bury, has been given two grants totalling £3,500 after an outbreak of dry rot was uncovered.’
    • ‘The department's response was that the responsibility for the eradication of the dry rot lay with the school authorities despite the fact that the department paid for the eradication of a previous outbreak.’
    • ‘The wall gave way showering them with old pieces of wood and dry rot.’
    • ‘The distortion I saw was a rippling effect in the surface of the joinery caused by shrinkage of the timber as the dry rot fungus destroyed the internal wood.’
    mildew, fungus, must, mouldiness, mustiness
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