• WordNet 3.6
    • adj withered lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness "the old woman's shriveled skin","he looked shriveled and ill","a shrunken old man","a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie","he did well despite his withered arm","a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair"
    • adj withered (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture "dried-up grass","the desert was edged with sere vegetation","shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings","withered vines"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact by posing with his hand resting on a sword, or by holding gloves.
    • a Withered Faded; dried up; shriveled; wilted; wasted; wasted away.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • withered Shriveled; faded.
    • withered Having withers (of this or that specified kind).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Withered dried up
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  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.”
  • George Macdonald
    “Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Age withers only the outside.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly.”
  • Samuel Rutherford
    Samuel Rutherford
    “Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “From the withered tree, a flower blooms.”


Wither on the vine - If something withers on the vine, it fails to get the intended result, doesn't come to fruition.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wedrian, to expose to weather.


In literature:

Say, can the mind be noble, where the stream Of gratitude is withered from the spring?
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
The other is Dante's temple, with its basrelief and withered garlands.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
The flowers were withering in her lap.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
Hideously withered women followed the march of the mission, carrying curds, and covered over with marsh-flies.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 341, March, 1844, Vol. 55" by Various
But a withered bough that he grasped was too slender for his weight, and broke.
"The Log School-House on the Columbia" by Hezekiah Butterworth
It's only the music, the hearty satisfying singing-out, by ordinary people, of what too often lies withering in their hearts.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Base envy withers at another's joy, And hates that excellence it cannot reach.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
The grasses had become more withered, and the general tint was brown.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
I am a withered trunk.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
The same withering contempt for the cringing and cowardly is met in every one of them.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Therefore its leaves have withered before the time, and its boughs are heavy with death.
"The First Christmas Tree" by Henry Van Dyke
In these lay a multitude of them that were sick, blind, halt, withered.
"His Life" by William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
Her withered heart once more hungered and thirsted, and the strange duality tended to melt back again into unity.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
The allied fleet drove a withering wedge of steel and fire through the Dardanelles.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
I was the shadow on her dial of flowers, that made their bloom wither.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
And often his silence was more withering than any utterance.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
My friends fall around me, and I shall be left a lonely tree before I am withered.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
A withered leaf floated down from the eaves into his palm.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Lastly, in a withering flower they discover the seed cases and the little seeds.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Flit an auld tree and it'll wither.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop

In poetry:

Then I will love that lonely tomb,
And that slow-fading tree—
The emblems of my wither'd hope,
My blighted love and me.
"To-morrow, dear departed one!" by Mary Anne Browne
And it will chance some morning
You will come home no more,
Your wife sees but a withered leaf
In the wind about the door.
"The Wind on the Hills" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
When horses die, they breathe
When grasses die, they wither,
When suns die, they go out,
When people die, they sing songs.
"When Horses Die" by Velimir Khlebnikov
The fairest flowers often fade,
And die, alas! too soon,
Ere half their life is sped, they droop,
And wither in their bloom.
"To Mis - - - -" by Thomas Frederick Young
The lily began to wither,
Since the world was no longer sweet;
And hands that had brought it thither,
Flung it into the street.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
They flourish like the morning flow'r,
In beauty's pride array'd;
But long ere night cut down it lies
All wither'd and decay'd.
"The First Six Verses Of The Ninetieth Psalm Versified" by Robert Burns

In news:

Bud Withers gives his take on college sports, with the latest from the Huskies, Cougs, and the rest of the Pac-12.
UCLA should give Stanford a better game second time around Bud Withers.
TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published: December 11, 2012.
TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published: December 10, 2012.
Well, a recession happened and all that green withered.
TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published: November 15, 2012.
TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published: November 17, 2012.
Whatever we seek, we have to react to disruption when it happens, as too many good ideas have simply withered on the vine due to the risk associated with being different.
TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published: November 30, 2012.
The drought and the withering heat have combined to devastate landscapes, businesses and many other summer activities.
FBI file is key to 'full picture' of Ernest Withers' work as a paid civil rights informant.
Withering WAC has been a revolving door for years.
TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer Associated Press Published: November 25, 2012.
The audience for America's great art form is withering away.
The grade III Withers Stakes adds spice to the dead-of-winter Triple Crown Trail in New York.

In science:

Withers (1981) proves triangular central limit theorems under a so-called l-mixing condition, which generalizes the classical notions of mixing (such as strong mixing, absolute regularity, uniform mixing introduced respectively by Rosenblatt (1956), Rozanov & Volkonskii (1959) and Ibragimov (1962)).
Central limit theorem for sampled sums of dependent random variables
Such an assumption is also required for Theorem 2.1 in Withers (1981) for l-mixing arrays.
Central limit theorem for sampled sums of dependent random variables
As with any mathematical sub ject, one might expect some topics subsequently to wither, some to blossom and new topics to emerge unanticipated.
More Uses of Exchangeability: Representations of Complex Random Structures
All of the above have been linked to wither strange or unacceptable behavior in non-relativistic black holes.
On Horava-Lifshitz "Black Holes"
These analogues have been explored in the case where the functions are polynomials in works of Hoffmann and Withers and Veselov The paper is structured as follows: In section 3 we describe all Galois branched coverings over the Riemann sphere with total space of the covering having genus 0 or 1.
Around rational functions invertible in radicals
Withers, Generalized Chebyshev polynomials associated with affine Weyl groups, Trans.
Around rational functions invertible in radicals
Withers, Disorder, structured diffuse scattering and the transmission electron microscope, Z.
Random point sets and their diffraction
Rather, just as some new edges sprout, others disappear – less used synapses suffer atrophy, unstimulating friendships wither.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
The isotope was produced by 23 MeV X-rays from a synchrotron in photonuclear reactions. ”The 48-minute gold has been made by Maurer and Ramm (1942) by the reactions Hg(n,p) and Tl(n,α ), thus proving the mass number to be wither 200 or 202.
Discovery of the Gold Isotopes
Fred’s interest in configuration spaces never withered, and they keep coming up in his work in a variety of contexts.
The work of Fred Cohen
We shall consider very heavy neutrinos with mass > ∼ tens of GeV that can be wither Dirac or Ma jorana type.
Neutrinos at high energy accelerators
Conditions for this to hold are given by Corollary 3 of Withers (1975).
Fredholm equations for non-symmetric kernels, with applications to iterated integral operators
See Withers and Nadara jah (2008) for more details.
Fredholm equations for non-symmetric kernels, with applications to iterated integral operators
Withers, C. S. (1974) Mercer’s Theorem and Fredholm resolvents.
Fredholm equations for non-symmetric kernels, with applications to iterated integral operators
Withers, C. S. (1975) Fredholm theory for arbitrary measure spaces.
Fredholm equations for non-symmetric kernels, with applications to iterated integral operators