noun plural Etymology: probably from obsolete English wither- against, from Middle English, from Old English, from wither against; from the withers being the parts which resist the pull in drawing a load — more at with Date: 1580 1. the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse — see horse illustration 2. a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped (as a dog) other than a horse

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  • Withers — With ers, n. pl. [Properly, the parts which resist the pull or strain in drawing a load; fr. OE. wither resistance, AS. wi[eth]re, fr. wi[eth]er against; akin to G. widerrist withers. See {With}, prep.] The ridge between the shoulder bones of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • withers — 1570s, probably from a dialectal survival of O.E. wiðer against, contrary, opposite (see WITH (Cf. with)) + plural suffix. Possibly so called because the withers are the parts of the animal that oppose the load. Cf. Ger. Widerrist withers, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • withers — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ the highest part of a horse s back, lying at the base of the neck above the shoulders. ORIGIN apparently from obsolete widersome, from wither «against» (as the part that resists the strain of the collar) …   English terms dictionary

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  • Withers — Wither redirects here. For the comic character, see Wither (comics). : For the family name, see Withers (surname). The withers is the highest point on the back of a non upright animal, on the ridge between its shoulder blades. HorsesThe withers… …   Wikipedia

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  • Withers — Recorded as Withar, Wither, and the patronymic Withers, this interesting surname of English origins, has two possible sources. The first is from the Old Norse male personal name Vitharr , or the Old Danish form Withar . These names are composed… …   Surnames reference

  • withers — /widh euhrz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) 1. the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of a horse, cow, sheep, etc. See diag. under dog, horse. 2. wring one s withers, to cause one anxiety or trouble: The long involved lawsuit is wringing… …   Universalium

  • withers — with·ers with ərz n pl 1) the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse 2) a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped other than a horse * * * with·ers (withґərz) the top of the shoulders of the horse …   Medical dictionary

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