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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To be affected by blight; to blast.
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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. 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.
- 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
These questions should be well considered, particularly the last one, as it is a well-known fact that in a general way the term blight is frequently used for various injuries or diseases of plants causing the whole or parts to wither and die, whether occasioned by insects, fungi, or atmospheric influences.
If he could have seen the expression on Edith's face the night previous, as she looked on his besotted father, he would have cursed more bitterly than ever what he termed the blight of his life.
“You don’t have to answer, but you might want to churn over if the word blight means anything to you all.”
The Fishwife herself, who gave me the young plants, says that her own crop failed – the tomatoes caught blight from the potatoes in her allotment and had to be ripped up and thrown away.
The bad always corrupts the good, a law in nature, until surgical shears are applied crime will increase [sorry] the blight is raging and there is no vaccine. mix acid with alkaline and the litmus will tell you red wins?
The name "late blight" is appropriate since the fungus strikes late in the growing season, close to harvest time.
Suddenly everybody in the Obervell office was flipping open dictionaries to figure out the definition of blight.
Troubled by the president's dictatorial whims and widespread corruption, Western investors are pulling back, threatening a long-term blight of the Kenyan economy.
Your declaratory statement "Strip joints are a sign of urban blight" is analogous to x+y = 3.
The blight is not due to the presence of a strip clube, but to the combination and sheer density of strip clubs, tattoo parlors, army surplus stores, fast food joints, and hourly rate motels.