from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to overwhelm or destroy; devastating: withering sarcasm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tending to destroy, devastate, overwhelm or cause complete destruction.
- adj. Diminishing rapidly.
- adj. Tending to make someone feel small; scornful in a mortifying way.
- v. Present participle of wither.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Tending to wither; causing to shrink or fade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The act or process denoted by the verb wither; specifically, in the manufacture of black tea, the operation of wilting the fresh leaf by exposing it, thinly spread, for some time to the air. Withering expels half the water from the leaf and fits it to endure rolling (which see) without breaking, also developing oxidation. See black tea.
- Blasting; blighting; scorching: as, a withering glance; a withering wind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. making light of
- adj. wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
- n. any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
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