• WordNet 3.6
    • adj withering wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction "possessing annihilative power","a devastating hurricane","the guns opened a withering fire"
    • adj withering making light of "afire with annihilating invective","a devastating portrait of human folly","to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert"
    • n withering any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
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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 Withering Tending to wither; causing to shrink or fade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • withering The act or process denoted by the verb wither; specifically, in the manufacture of black tea, the operation of wilting the fresh leaf by exposing it, thinly spread, for some time to the air. Withering expels half the water from the leaf and fits it to endure rolling (which see) without breaking, also developing oxidation. See black tea.
    • withering Blasting; blighting; scorching: as, a withering glance; a withering wind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Withering blasting, blighting, scorching
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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.”
  • 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.”
  • Emily Bronte
    “Vain are the thousand creeds that move men's hearts, unutterably vain; Worthless as withered weeds, or idlest froth amid the boundless main.”
  • 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:

Passed whole woods of withered pines, all withered, trunks stripped and lifeless, done by a single winter.
"The Life of Lord Byron" by John Galt
Why does Grandmother look thus on the withered flower in the old book?
"Pictures of Sweden" by Hans Christian Andersen
Christ made whole and useful a withered hand.
"Supreme Personality" by Delmer Eugene Croft
Marie, unnecessarily, and the old man licked his withered lips.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
During their trip they had once remained six days without any kind of food, except withered grass.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
From the muzzles of the Mausers a withering volley came.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
Why wither not the leaves that want their sap?
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
So I waited, whistling softly to myself as I pushed the withered leaves about with my stick and drew strange patterns among them.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 29. August, 1873." by Various
The poems of G. Wither are distinguished by a hearty homeliness of manner, and a plain moral speaking.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
Save this, all around there were only broken fragments of crosses, withered tufts of box, and old slabs split and moss-eaten.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Mabel Withers was as much at home at the Hall as at the Rectory.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
Why, green hill, art thou so withered?
"Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations" by Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
Take God out of a flower, and it would wither and vanish in an instant.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Warriors, the sprouts which shot up from the roots of the withered oaks have perished.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
The withered leaves which overhanging trees shed upon its surface contribute much to the effect.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
The common hill-flowers wither, but they blossom again.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The western slopes are less rugged, but the soil is parched, and the forests seem withered by excess of heat.
"Delineations of the Ox Tribe" by George Vasey
Mr. Wither, he pleaded, should not be hanged, for while Wither lived he was not himself the worst poet in England.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The Rebel dead and wounded were lying there, thick almost as the withered forest-leaves.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Things withered at her touch.
"The Bond of Black" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Thus all our "fondest hopes decay"
Beneath the chill of sorrow,
The joys that brightest seem to-day
Are withered by the morrow.
"Autumn" by William James Jones
Yet never, never can we part,
While Memory holds her reign:
Thine, thine is still this wither'd heart,
Till we shall meet again.
"A Lost Love" by Henry Francis Lyte
If thou refuse to pity me,
If thou shalt love anither,
When yon green leaves fade frae the tree,
Around my grave they'll wither.
"Craigieburn Wood" by Robert Burns
I’ve seen the flower grow old and pale,
And withered more than I;
I’ve seen it lose its every charm,
Then droop away and die.
"I'm Growing Old" by Anonymous Americas
Sad were the year's spring morns, and sad
Its golden summer day,
But blithe and glad its withered fields,
And skies of ashen gray;
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How many friends of early days,
Have fallen by our side;
Shook by some blast, like autumn leaves
They withered, drooped, and died.
"To My Husband" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Taylor Gets Pastel Pretty For Songwriters Ceremony Elizabeth Withers.
FBI admits noted Memphis civil rights photographer Ernest Withers was informant.
North Carolina's Everett Withers headed to Ohio State as co-defensive coordinator.
3 When the 31-year-old Withers recorded Sunshine, he was still workin.
Washoe Valley business wither with new freeway.
Crop research will wither if farm bill fails to pass.
Farmers' hopes wither : Heat, drought spell disaster for Tennessee corn crop.
Economists less bullish as early 2012 gains wither .
We debated titling this piece "The Withering Middle Class".
Robert B Lewis and Withers.
Jason and Tom handicap the Robert B Lewis and the Withers.
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 .
Photographer Ernest Withers doubled as FBI informant to spy on civil rights movement.
FBI informant number ME 338-R. Link between ME 338-R and Withers .

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