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[with, with, wahyth] /wɪθ, wɪð, waɪð/
a willow twig or osier.
any tough, flexible twig or stem suitable for binding things together.
an elastic handle for a tool, to lessen shock occurring in use.
a partition dividing flues of a chimney.
verb (used with object), withed, withing.
to bind with withes.
Origin of withe
before 1000; Middle English, Old English withthe; akin to Old Norse vīthir withy, Gothic kunawida chain, Latin viēre to weave together Unabridged
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  • His trophies were indeed worth taking, and tying their legs together with a withe he hung them across his saddle bow.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • I got up, cut a withe of bamboo, and made her fast to a root.

  • They are spyteful and odious names, and abhorred of all men, and not withe out good cause why.Bea.

    Two Dyaloges (c. 1549) Desiderius Erasmus
  • You find a man hanging by a gad (withe), and you cut him down to save him.

  • Instantly the withe broke, and it made a loud report, which echo answered from every rock far and near.

  • God for thy grace what hathe Poliphemus to do withe the gospell?

    Two Dyaloges (c. 1549) Desiderius Erasmus
  • Others are used in handles, either fastened with gum, or consisting of a withe passed round the stone and tied underneath.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
  • It was a whole year since the withe had been fastened around him.

  • Then he drew from his belt his hunting knife, the only weapon that he had not discarded, and cut the withe that held the canoe.

    The Keepers of the Trail Joseph A. Altsheler
  • We hooked ourselves to the withe and made lively tracks to the shanty, where we could talk and laugh of the day's hunt.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
British Dictionary definitions for withe


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

Old English wiððe "twisted cord, willow twig" (see withy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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