Definitions for: Wither

[v] wither, esp. with a loss of moisture; "The fruit dried and shriveled"
[v] lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; "Her bloom was fading"

Webster (1913) Definition: With"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Withered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Withering.] [OE. wideren; probably the same word as
wederen to weather (see Weather, v. & n.); or cf. G.
verwittern to decay, to be weather-beaten, Lith. vysti to
1. To fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become
sapless; to dry or shrivel up.

Shall he hot pull up the roots thereof, and cut off
the fruit thereof, that it wither? --Ezek. xvii.

2. To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin? away,
as animal bodies.

This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered. --Shak.

There was a man which had his hand withered. --Matt.
xii. 10.

Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave.

3. To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away. ``Names
that must not wither.'' --Byron.

States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane.

With"er, v. t.
1. To cause to fade, and become dry.

The sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but
it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof
falleth. --James i. 11.

2. To cause to shrink, wrinkle, or decay, for want of animal
moisture. ``Age can not wither her.'' --Shak.

Shot forth pernicious fire Among the accursed, that
withered all their strength. --Milton.

3. To cause to languish, perish, or pass away; to blight; as,
a reputation withered by calumny.

The passions and the cares that wither life.

Synonyms: fade, shrink, shrivel, shrivel up

See Also: atrophy, decrease, die back, die down, diminish, disappear, dry up, fall, go away, lessen, mummify, vanish

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