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wilt1

[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to become limp and drooping, as a fading flower; wither.
2.
to lose strength, vigor, assurance, etc.:
to wilt after a day's hard work.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to wilt.
noun, Also, wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
4.
the act of wilting, or the state of being wilted:
a sudden wilt of interest in the discussion.
5.
Plant Pathology.
  1. the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
  2. a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
6.
a virus disease of various caterpillars, characterized by the liquefaction of body tissues.
Origin of wilt1
1685-1695
1685-95; dialectal variant of wilk to wither, itself variant of welk, Middle English welken, probably < Middle Dutch welken; compare German welk withered
Synonyms
2. wane, droop; ebb, weaken.

wilt2

[wilt] /wɪlt/
verb, Archaic.
1.
second person singular present ind. of will1 .

Wiltshire

[wilt-sheer, -sher] /ˈwɪlt ʃɪər, -ʃər/
noun
1.
Also, Wilts
[wilts] /wɪlts/ (Show IPA)
. a county in S England. 1345 sq. mi. (3485 sq. km). County seat: Salisbury.
2.
one of an English breed of white sheep having long, spiral horns.
3.
Also called Wiltshire cheese. a cylindrical, semihard cheese, moister and flakier than cheddar.
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Historical Examples
  • The wilts Regiment (some companies of which are brigaded with us) lost several men and an officer.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • wilts, who was borne as he was wont to say 'in the first Olympiad,' scil.

  • The production of pebbles from the gravels of wilts, or of a specimen gatepost or millstone would at once settle this question.

    Stonehenge Frank Stevens
  • With all their faylings, wilts cannot shew two such brothers.

  • Prevention is many miles better than cure; good, honest miles, too, measured over the stony hillsides of wilts!

  • Forman was born at Quidham, a village near Wilton, in wilts, in 1552.

    Witch, Warlock, and Magician William Henry Davenport Adams
  • wiltshire cheese, in the form of “wilts truckles,” may be described as small Cheddars, the weight being usually about 16 ℔.

  • Many have heard of the Demon of Tedworth, in the county of wilts, in the year 1661.

  • Nice teeth and eyes, cold English style in daytime but wilts rapidly in the moonlight.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • Also the name of a manufacturing town on the Avon, in wilts.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for wilts

Wilts

/wɪlts/
abbreviation
1.
Wiltshire

wilt1

/wɪlt/
verb
1.
to become or cause to become limp, flaccid, or drooping: insufficient water makes plants wilt
2.
to lose or cause to lose courage, strength, etc
3.
(transitive) to cook (a leafy vegetable) very briefly until it begins to collapse
noun
4.
the act of wilting or state of becoming wilted
5.
any of various plant diseases characterized by permanent wilting, usually caused by fungal parasites attacking the roots
Word Origin
C17: perhaps variant of wilk to wither, from Middle Dutch welken

wilt2

/wɪlt/
verb
1.
(archaic or dialect) used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent a singular form of the present tense (indicative mood) of will1

Wiltshire

/ˈwɪltʃə; -ˌʃɪə/
noun
1.
a county of S England, consisting mainly of chalk uplands, with Salisbury Plain in the south and the Marlborough Downs in the north; prehistoric remains (at Stonehenge and Avebury); became a unitary authority in 2009: the geographical and ceremonial county includes Swindon unitary authority (established in 1997). Administrative centre: Trowbridge. Pop (excluding Swindon): 440 800 (2003 est). Area (excluding Swindon): 3481 sq km (1344 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for wilts

wilt

v.

1690s, probably an alteration of welk "to wilt," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welken "to wither," cognate with Old High German irwelhen "become soft." Related: Wilted; wilting.

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