Definition of dry rot in US English:

dry rot


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A surveyors' report revealed that the 18-year-old prefabricated building had dry rot and a collapsing floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The frame is all cracked now and if it stays like that it could get dry rot.’
    • ‘But by the time Walter took it over, the condition of the house was already deteriorating due to dry rot.’
    • ‘The new visitor centre will replace the current crumbling museum building, which is suffering from damp and dry rot.’
    • ‘If it has dry rot, whether you knew about it or not, you are responsible for getting rid of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She alludes to the ease with which dry rot spreads in wood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apparently the building is full of dry rot and has to come down.’
    • ‘There are also unsafe parts of the building as the stairs have dry rot and the main beam is rusting badly.’
    • ‘Bannisters have been stripped and eroded by the rain and Elaine's door has been penetrated by 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.’
    decay, decomposition
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  • 2The fungus that causes dry rot decay.

    Serpula lacrymans, family Corticiaceae, class Hymenomycetes

    • ‘The wall gave way showering them with old pieces of wood and dry rot.’
    • ‘The dry rot has now entered the wainscot surrounding the lower part of the ground floor walls.’
    • ‘There may be dry rot growing behind the set's freshly wallpapered walls.’
    • ‘St James' Church, St James Street, New Bury, has been given two grants totalling £3,500 after an outbreak of dry rot was uncovered.’
    • ‘It was riddled with dry rot and, at some point, might have fallen down of its own accord.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Years of neglect and a massive infestation of dry rot have left rafters sagging.’
    • ‘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 school was built in the mid-1800s and is riddled with dry rot.’
    • ‘Kennet issues another urgent works notice, dealing with security, rainproofing and eradication of dry rot.’
    • ‘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.’
    mildew, fungus, must, mouldiness, mustiness
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dry rot

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