withy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n withy strong flexible twig
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Withy A withe. See Withe, 1.
    • a Withy Made of withes; like a withe; flexible and tough; also, abounding in withes. "The stream is brimful now, and lies high in this little withy plantation."
    • Withy (Bot) The osier willow (Salix viminalis). See Osier n..
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n withy A willow of any species.
    • n withy A withe; a twig; an osier.
    • n withy A halter made of withes.
    • n withy In ceramics, same as twig, 3.
    • withy Made of withes; like a withe; flexible and tough.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Withy (with′i or wī′thi) made of withes: like withes, flexible
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. withe, wipi, AS. wīig, a willow, willow twig; akin to G. weide, willow, OHG. wīda, Icel. vīja, a withy, Sw. vide, a willow twig, Dan. vidie, a willow, osier, Gr. , and probably to L. vitis, a vine, viere, to plait, Russ. vite,. √141. Cf. Wine Withe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. withthe, a form of withig, a withy; Ice. vidhir, Ger. weide, willow.

Usage

In literature:

Seedling alders, and some withies among them.
"Madam How and Lady Why or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children" by Charles Kingsley
Coming home over the downs, just upon twilight, Temple and I saw Saddlebank carrying a long withy upright.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
To-day it was swollen with rain and turbid, and plucked steadily at the withies.
"The Upton Letters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
It is, however, the plantations of withy or osier that are most important.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
At the top the pillars were bound together by a circular hoop of withies.
"Pioneers in Canada" by Sir Harry Johnston
I begin with the withy.
"Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Evelyn
We must steep the withies and go ourselves to the start of fortune like any beggars.
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
There were some swans lying among the withies and rushes.
"Littlebourne Lock" by F. Bayford Harrison
The orchard grew thinner and became a mere meadow running down to the river, which was overgrown with reeds and withy-beds.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
One of them carried a great bundle of withies, and Raleigh asked him what they were for.
"Raleigh" by Edmund Gosse
The withy bands were but weak; it is no great marvel that he shook them off.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
He steps ashore; ties the painter to a withy; and, climbing over the wall, proceeds to the spot so sacred to him.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
A wastle is a North country term for a twig or withy, possibly connected with A. S. waedl.
"Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales" by James Orchard Halliwell
He steps ashore, ties the painter to a withy, and, climbing over the wall, proceeds to the spot so sacred to him.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
Not yet had he clasped that withy, supple form to him.
"The Red Debt" by Everett MacDonald
The willow, or withy as it is usually called, is remarkably pliant, and can be twisted into any shape.
"The Gamekeeper At Home" by Richard Jefferies
The hornet often chooses an old hollow withy-pollard for the site of its nest.
"Wild Life in a Southern County" by Richard Jefferies
They then approached, and raised him on the cross, and bound all his body with strong withies, as they had been commanded.
"The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church" by Ælfric
He names "archherbs," which are simply climbing vines to set "winding in arch-manner on withie poles.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
As she was passing the top of the withy walk, their voices reached her ear.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

Meanwhile tied not quite close, but just apart,
In withy bands. . by him I swear, my tongue,
Zoe! can never utter half my love.
Retract not one fond word.
"Theron And Zoe" by Walter Savage Landor
Inside their sacred smithies
Though hot the hammer rings,
Their steel links snap like withies,
Their chains like twisted strings,
Their surest fetters are as plighted words of kings.
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Those flies of boys disturbed them sore
On Sundays and when daylight wore:
With withies cut from hedge or copse,
They treated them as whipping-tops,
And flung big stones with cruel aim;
Yet all the flock jumped on the same.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Nor I wadna be a clerk, mither, to bide aye ben,
Scrabbling ower the sheets o' parchment with a weary weary pen;
Looking through the lang stane windows at a narrow strip o' sky,
Like a laverock in a withy cage, until I pine away and die.
"The Outlaw" by Charles Kingsley
The gipsy wife came to my door with pegs and brooms to sell
They make by many a roadside fire and many a greenwood dell,
With bee-skeps and with baskets wove of osier, rush and sedge,
And withies from the river-bed and brambles from the hedge.
"The Gipsy Soldier" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

How could any anthropologist with an iota of ambition possibly resist Zuni , an ancient, remote, impacted society, for centuries agrarian, with—I hope I get these numbers right—twelve matrilineal clans.
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In science:

In section 4 we generalize the discussion to arbitrary cosmologies and relate them to arbitrary hidden, non-conformal gauge theories interacting withy observable matter.
Holography and Brane-bulk Energy Exchange
The “best” known solution is that found withi n 1200 seconds.
Bid Optimization for Internet Graphical Ad Auction Systems via Special Ordered Sets
These “late ” peaks arise from light re flected from various surfaces withi n the detector and from late pulsing of the PMTs.
Electron Energy Spectra, Fluxes, and Day-Night Asymmetries of $^{8}$B Solar Neutrinos from the 391-Day Salt Phase SNO Data Set
On the relation between two analytic functions of the argument u which possess the same algebraic addition theorem. §5 The degree of the irreducible equation G[φ(u), φ(v ), φ(u + v )] = 0 withy respect to φ(u + v ), φ(u), φ(v ).
On Those Analytic Functions of One Variable which possess an Algebraic Addition Theorem
Larger prefixes increase the number of steps withi n each round, however, so some care must be taken in tuning the prefix sizes.
Greedy Sequential Maximal Independent Set and Matching are Parallel on Average
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