• WordNet 3.6
    • v wither wither, as with a loss of moisture "The fruit dried and shriveled"
    • v wither lose freshness, vigor, or vitality "Her bloom was fading"
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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.
    • Wither 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."
    • Wither To cause to languish, perish, or pass away; to blight; as, a reputation withered by calumny. "The passions and the cares that wither life."
    • Wither To cause to shrink, wrinkle, or decay, for want of animal moisture. "Age can notwitherher.""Shot forth pernicious fire
      Among the accursed, that withered all their strength."
    • Wither 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 ?"
    • Wither To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin away, as animal bodies. "This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered .""There was a man which had his hand withered .""Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave."
    • Wither To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away. "Names that must not wither .""States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wither Against; in opposition (to): chiefly in composition, as a prefix wither-, against.
    • wither To go against; resist: oppose.
    • wither To cause to become dry and fade; make sapless and shrunken.
    • wither To cause to shrink, wrinkle, and decay for want of animal moisture; cause to lose bloom; shrivel; cause to have a wrinkled skin or shrunken muscles: as, time will wither the fairest face.
    • wither To blight, injure, or destroy, as by some malign or baleful influence; affect fatally by malevolence; cause to perish or languish generally: as, to wither a person by a look or glance; reputations withered by scandal.
    • wither To lose the sap or juice; dry and shrivel up; lose freshness and bloom; fade.
    • wither To become dry and wrinkled, as from the loss or lack of animal moisture; lose pristine freshness, bloom, softness, smoothness, vigor, or the like, as from age or disease; decay.
    • wither To decay generally; decline; languish; pass away.
    • wither See wither, adverb
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wither with′ėr to fade or become dry: to lose freshness: to shrink: waste
    • v.t Wither to cause to dry up: to cause to decay, perish, waste
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  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.”
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    “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.”
  • 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.”
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    “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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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 wither


In literature:

Is it your notion of a fair partnership to stay away and let your fellow toilers wither on the bough?
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
He could see one withered white rosebud on the floor.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
Now, remove Withers, and there are two men who might take his place in the Senate.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
And a' the trees that ever leafed or flowered, ta'en together, but ae withered twig to that!
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Those withered petals represent the withered graces of my life.
"Wit, Humor, Reason, Rhetoric, Prose, Poetry and Story Woven into Eight Popular Lectures" by George W. Bain
Some of the flowers were not yet withered.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Society and religion would wither.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
The tyrant teacher, with no trace of compassion in her withered heart, reports you to the college authorities.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
If it ceases to grow, it must wither away and die.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Sir Robert gave my gudesire a look, as if he would have withered his heart in his bosom.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various

In poetry:

I go where each thing goes,
Without complaint or grief,
The leaf of the withered rose
And the faded laurel leaf.
"Translation From Millevoye" by Frances Anne Kemble
I have loved her all my youth,
But now am old, as you see:
Love likes not the falling fruit,
Nor the withered tree.
"As ye came from the Holy Land" by Anonymous British
The moon all withered is glowing,
The mist and she are gone;
My heart to ice is growing,
And I sob at the coming dawn.
"The Mermaid" by Madison Julius Cawein
In this world all the flow'rs wither,
The sweet songs of the birds are brief;
I dream of summers that will last
"In This World" by Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme
I was alone, for those I loved
Were far away from me;
The sun shone on the withered grass,
The wind blew fresh and free.
"In Memory Of A Happy Day In February" by Anne Bronte
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

In news:

Landscaping companies wither in severe summer weather.
TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published: November 07, 2012.
Withers the high road to football success at UNC.
King murder photos illuminate Ernest Withers' FBI link.
Poor African capitals are increasingly challenging Cairo for the river's water, without which Egypt's economy would wither and die.
If there is still any doubt about IBM 's intentions with its forthcoming PowerPC 970 chip, it's quickly starting to wither.
Alleged study on Fox News withers under scrutiny.
Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac -12 Conference and the national college scene.
Blights When plants suffer from blight, leaves or branches suddenly wither, stop growing, and die.
Obama legacy may be withering "American Dream".
A puzzling picture by Ernest Withers.
Without question, Ernest Withers will endure as one of the most important civil rights photographers of his time.
Power of prosecutors grows as defense resources wither.
Bill Withers and Justin Timberlake form mutual admiration society in 2010.
FBI records reveal Ernest Withers' secret life spying on black Memphis.

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