withe

withe

[with, with, wahyth]
noun
1.
a willow twig or osier.
2.
any tough, flexible twig or stem suitable for binding things together.
3.
an elastic handle for a tool, to lessen shock occurring in use.
4.
a partition dividing flues of a chimney.
verb (used with object), withed, withing.
5.
to bind with withes.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English withthe; akin to Old Norse vīthir withy, Gothic kunawida chain, Latin viēre to weave together

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withe (wɪθ, wɪð, waɪð)
 
n
1.  a strong flexible twig, esp of willow, suitable for binding things together; withy
2.  a band or rope of twisted twigs or stems
3.  a handle made of elastic material, fitted on some tools to reduce the shock during use
4.  a wall with a thickness of half a brick, such as a leaf of a cavity wall, or a division between two chimney flues
 
vb
5.  (tr) to bind with withes
 
[Old English withthe; related to Old Norse vithja, Old High German witta, widi, Gothic wida]

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withe
O.E. wiððe "twisted cord, willow twig" (see withy).
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