from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous plant diseases resulting in sudden conspicuous wilting and dying of affected parts, especially young, growing tissues.
- n. The condition or causative agent, such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus, that results in blight.
- n. An extremely adverse environmental condition, such as air pollution.
- n. Something that impairs growth, withers hopes and ambitions, or impedes progress and prosperity.
- transitive v. To cause (a plant, for example) to undergo blight.
- transitive v. To have a deleterious effect on; ruin. See Synonyms at blast.
- intransitive v. To suffer blight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any of many plant diseases causing damage to, or the death of, leaves, fruit or other parts
- n. the bacterium, virus or fungus that causes such a condition
- n. anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life
- v. to suffer blight
- v. to cause to suffer blight
- v. to spoil or ruin (something)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of.
- transitive v. Hence: To destroy the happiness of; to ruin; to mar essentially; to frustrate.
- intransitive v. To be affected by blight; to blast.
- n. Mildew; decay; anything nipping or blasting; -- applied as a general name to various injuries or diseases of plants, causing the whole or a part to wither, whether occasioned by insects, fungi, or atmospheric influences.
- n. The act of blighting, or the state of being blighted; a withering or mildewing, or a stoppage of growth in the whole or a part of a plant, etc.
- n. That which frustrates one's plans or withers one's hopes; that which impairs or destroys.
- n. A downy species of aphis, or plant louse, destructive to fruit trees, infesting both the roots and branches; -- also applied to several other injurious insects.
- n. A rashlike eruption on the human skin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Some influence, usually hidden or not conspicuous, that nips, blasts, or destroys plants; a diseased state of plants caused by the condition of the soil, atmospheric influences, insects, parasitic plants, etc.; smut, mildew, or the like.
- n. Figuratively, any malignant or mysterious influence that nips, blasts, destroys, or brings to naught; anything which withers hope, blasts one's prospects, or checks prosperity.
- n. . In medicine: A slight facial paralysis induced by sudden cold or damp.
- n. See blights.
- To affect with blight; cause to wither or decay; nip, blast, or destroy.
- To exert a malignant or baleful influence on; blast or mar the beauty, hopes, or prospects of; frustrate.
- n. Purulent conjunctivitis.
- n. An insect, usually inconspicuous or hidden, which causes trees or plants to become diseased or to die, as the American blight.
- n. Same as mosquito blight. See also tea-bug.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting
- n. a state or condition being blighted
- v. cause to suffer a blight
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse blikna ("to grow pallid"). (Wiktionary)