Even among Republicans, in other words, the constituency for policies disadvantaging gay and lesbian couples is withering.
Here was a withering mind filing a report on his vanished past.
At the same time, Walter White—the father who wants to protect and provide for his family—is withering as well.
1530s, alteration of Middle English wydderen "dry up, shrivel" (c.1300), apparently a differentiated and special use of wederen "to expose to weather" (see weather). Cf. German verwittern "to become weather-beaten," from Witter "weather."