from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The high part of the back of a horse or similar animal, located between the shoulder blades.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The part of the back of a draft animal or horse that is the highest, between the shoulder blades.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of wither.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse, at the base of the neck. See Illust. of horse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The highest part of the back of a horse, between the shoulderblades and behind the root of the neck, where the mane ceases to grow: as, a horse 15 hands high at the withers.
- n. The barbs or flukes of a harpoon; the witters: so called by British whalemen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animals
When Carmel itself "withers," how utter the desolation!
(God) blows upon them. "blow -- The image is from the hot east wind (simoon) that" withers "vegetation. whirlwind ... stubble -- (Ps 83: 13), where," like a wheel, "refers to the rotatory action of the whirlwind on the stubble.
To avoid defamation in the eyes of neighbors, work colleagues, relatives and the society at large, stamped harassers may well choose to stay at home until the effect of the ink withers away.
The scope and cost of government grows, and liberty withers, when the family breaks down.
This is the most fascinating aspect of his recall, because it will tell us whether managerial skill withers like an unused muscle.
On Tuesday night the show-ring judge Paolo Dondina agreed, making Hickory the first of her kind - and perhaps the tallest canine ever nearly 30 inches at the withers - to win Westminster in 135 years of competition.
Many of the so-called ESI plans cannot really be called insurance, since they now pass along so much of the costs of care to enrollees even as the extent of coverage withers away.
And it would be a vote for the fattest, laziest, richest, and least productive Wall Street businesses who profit most when American crumbles and its middle class withers.
It is her friend Charlotte who withers into plague-dom.
Given that he also said, "If a lion could talk, then we could not understand him", perhaps we are saddled with a human-equine inter-flank so unstable that we can't trot out bits of mane principles on the hoof, and should bridle our words until error withers and truth reins?
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