What does the word rote mean?

Usage examples for rote

  1. They were on a back seat in the long courtroom,- Squint Rodaine and his son, chalkier, yet blacker than ever, while between them sat an old woman with white hair which straggled about her cheeks, a woman with deep- set eyes, whose hands wandered now and then vaguely before her; a wrinkled woman, fidgeting about on her seat, watching with craned neck those who stuffed their way within the already crammed room, her eyes never still, her lips moving constantly, as though mumbling some never- ending rote. – The Cross-Cut by Courtney Ryley Cooper