Wither With"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Withered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Withering}.] [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.] [1913 Webster] 1. To fade; to lose freshness; to become sapless; to become sapless; to dry or shrivel up. [1913 Webster]

Shall he hot pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? --Ezek. xvii. 9. [1913 Webster]

2. To lose or want animal moisture; to waste; to pin? away, as animal bodies. [1913 Webster]

This is man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

There was a man which had his hand withered. --Matt. xii. 10. [1913 Webster]

Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To lose vigor or power; to languish; to pass away. ``Names that must not wither.'' --Byron. [1913 Webster]

States thrive or wither as moons wax and wane. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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