Dictionary > Wither


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. 9)
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. (Dryden)
3. To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away. Names that must not wither. States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane. (Cowper)
Origin: OE. Wideren; probably the same word as wederen to weather (see Weather, &); or cf. G. Verwittern to decay, to be weather-beaten, Lith. Vysti to wither.

You will also like...

Cells in different stages of meiosis
Meiosis – The Genetics of Reproduction

Meiosis is a form of cell division that creates gametes. It is comprised of two divisions that in the end, the resulting..

Chromosome Mutations
Chromosome Mutations

Mutations can also influence the phenotype of an organism. This tutorial looks at the effects of chromosomal mutations, ..

Freshwater lake ecosystem
Freshwater Producers and Consumers

Freshwater ecosystem is comprised of four major constituents, namely elements and compounds, plants, consumers, and deco..

Ecosystem Succession
Ecosystem Succession

If the balance of nature is left untouched, landscapes can change dramatically over time. A previous ecosystem is supers..

Cambial cells
Plant Tissues

Plant organs are comprised of tissues working together for a common function. The different types of plant tissues are m..

Body temperature regulation by the hypothalamus
Temperature Regulation in Animals

This tutorial elucidates body temperature regulation. Know the details here to learn how the body sets the body temperat..