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blight


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blight  \Blight\,  v.  i. 
  To  be  affected  by  blight;  to  blast;  as  this  vine  never 
  blights. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blight  \Blight\  (bl[imac]t),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Blighted};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Blighting}.]  [Perh.  contr.  from  AS 
  bl[=i]cettan  to  glitter,  fr  the  same  root  as  E.  bleak.  The 
  meaning  ``to  blight''  comes  in  that  case  from  to  glitter, 
  hence  to  be  white  or  pale,  grow  pale,  make  pale,  bleach.  Cf 
  {Bleach},  {Bleak}.] 
  1.  To  affect  with  blight;  to  blast;  to  prevent  the  growth  and 
  fertility  of 
 
  [This  vapor]  blasts  vegetables,  blights  corn  and 
  fruit,  and  is  sometimes  injurious  even  to  man. 
  --Woodward. 
 
  2.  Hence:  To  destroy  the  happiness  of  to  ruin;  to  mar 
  essentially;  to  frustrate;  as  to  blight  one's  prospects. 
 
  Seared  in  heart  and  lone  and  blighted.  --Byron. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blight  \Blight\,  n. 
  1.  Mildew;  decay;  anything  nipping  or  blasting;  --  applied  as 
  a  general  name  to  various  injuries  or  diseases  of  plants, 
  causing  the  whole  or  a  part  to  wither,  whether  occasioned 
  by  insects,  fungi,  or  atmospheric  influences. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  blighting,  or  the  state  of  being  blighted;  a 
  withering  or  mildewing,  or  a  stoppage  of  growth  in  the 
  whole  or  a  part  of  a  plant,  etc 
 
  3.  That  which  frustrates  one's  plans  or  withers  one's  hopes; 
  that  which  impairs  or  destroys. 
 
  A  blight  seemed  to  have  fallen  over  our  fortunes. 
  --Disraeli. 
 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  downy  species  of  aphis,  or  plant  louse, 
  destructive  to  fruit  trees,  infesting  both  the  roots  and 
  branches;  --  also  applied  to  several  other  injurious 
  insects. 
 
  5.  pl  A  rashlike  eruption  on  the  human  skin.  [U.  S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blight 
  n  1:  a  state  or  condition  being  blighted 
  2:  any  plant  disease  resulting  in  withering  without  rotting 
  v  :  cause  to  suffer  a  blight  [syn:  {plague}] 




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