from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Shriveled, shrunken, or faded from or as if from loss of moisture or sustenance: "the battle to keep his withered dreams intact” ( Time).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Shrivelled, shrunken or faded, especially due to lack of water.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of wither.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Faded; dried up; shriveled; wilted; wasted; wasted away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shriveled; faded.
- Having withers (of this or that specified kind).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
- adj. lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
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Passed _whole woods of withered pines, all withered_; trunks stripped and barkless, branches lifeless; done by a single winter , -- their appearance reminded me of me and my family.
Passed _whole woods of withered pines, all withered_; trunks stripped and lifeless, branches lifeless; done by a single winter. "[
_To a Skylark_, by P.B. Shelley, stanza iii. line 5.]  [ "Passed _whole woods of withered pines, all withered_; trunks stripped and barkless, branches lifeless; done by a _single winter_, -- their appearance reminded me of me and my family" (_Letters_,
The fruits of Paradise are gone, the trees are bare ruined choirs, the sedge has withered from the lake and no birds sing as Shakespeare and Keats wrote in evoking the same feelings.
The Ancient Mariner's face grew suddenly bleak and fierce, and his right hand flashed out to Daughtry's wrist, prisoning it in withered fingers of steel.
These hang in withered mournfulness above this living image of their departed mother.
Hence it was called the withered hand, Mt 12: 10-13.
When an ordinary man speaks of a beautiful woman he certainly does not mean only that she moves him aesthetically; but when an artist calls a withered old hag beautiful he may sometimes mean what he means when he calls a battered torso beautiful.
Just know that it makes you weird, and kind of withered inside, like Rumpelstiltskin or something.
If anything, social networking is pure, 100-percent human growth hormone to the political cartoon as "withered" and "past-its-prime" bodybuilder.
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