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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 With·er v. i. [imp. & p. p. Withered p. pr. & vb. n. Withering.]
 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 pinaway, 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 With·er·ing a. Tending to wither; causing to shrink or fade.  -- With*er*ing*ly, adv.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction;
             "possessing annihilative power"; "a devastating
             hurricane"; "the guns opened a withering fire" [syn: annihilative,
              annihilating, devastating]
      2: making light of; "afire with annihilating invective"; "a
         devastating portrait of human folly"; "to compliments
         inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert [syn: annihilating,
      n : any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of
          use) [syn: atrophy]