What does the word withers mean?

Usage examples for withers

  1. There is a certain surface display of manners which may be acquired and which may deceive and pass with those who do not know us intimately; but there is all the difference between such superficial good manners and those which are real, that there is between the cut bouquet of flowers which delights for an hour or two and then withers away, and the living, growing plant which constantly delights us with fresh beauty and bloom. – Letters to a Daughter and A Little Sermon to School Girls by Helen Ekin Starrett
  2. All is gathered in its season, or withers as that passes away and dies. – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman