Adjective "Wilted" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(of a plant, leaf, or flower) become limp through heat, loss of water, or disease; droop.
  1. 'The best time of day to cut is midmorning, after the dew has dried but well before any flowers wilt.'
  2. 'As a consequence, leaves may wilt or even be injured as previously observed for cucumber and figleaf gourd in response to low root temperature.'
  3. 'Similarly, in cut chrysanthemum flowers, the leaves often wilt, due to a blockage for water transport in the xylem of the basal stem part.'
  4. 'A severe infestation will cause the plant to wilt; leaves may yellow and fall.'
  5. 'When a squash stem suddenly wilts, and you find punctures or cracks near the base of the plant, you know that squash vine borer is present.'
  6. 'In the spring, you will be letting the leaves wilt on their own and dry up.'
  7. 'The leaves turn a yellow-bronze, and within a day or two, the upper leaves wilt, then the lower leaves wilt.'
  8. 'The crown and roots of these infected plants turn dark and soft, and the leaves usually wilt.'
  9. 'In the heat, the grass grows rapidly and the flowers wilt fast, so there was much to be done.'
  10. 'If plants start to wilt slightly water them right away.'
  11. 'Most people wilt under my malevolent glare and scurry away, with the exception of my friend's ex who replied, ‘You find me a microwave big enough first!’'
  12. 'A side with as much Grand Final experience as Bradford should have been able to handle the situation, but they simply wilted in the cauldron-like atmosphere of a packed-out Old Trafford.'
  13. 'He didn't wilt under pressure, he was forceful without being discourteous - if anyone appeared ready for the responsibilities of the White House, it was he.'
  14. 'It had been another hot, sunny morning and I was wilting.'
  15. 'Philip could see David wilting as the conflicting desires to help his sister and to look for peace came against each other.'
  16. 'For their part, China's leaders want to prove to their people that they aren't wilting under Western pressure.'
  17. 'If we didn't wilt against France we won't wilt against Wales, who are not really known for their conditioning.'
  18. 'I have seen people wilt under infinitely less, and she just maintained class and dignity throughout.'
  19. 'It was sweltering hot, and she looked like she was wilting.'
  20. 'Yesterday the sun finally came out and in 27C sunshine we all immediately wilted and complained about the too sunny weather.'
Leave (mown grass or a forage crop) in the open to dry partially before being collected for silage.
  1. 'If weather dries up, wilt this grass and use a preservative if sugars are low.'


Any of a number of fungal or bacterial diseases of plants characterized by wilting of the foliage.
  1. 'Hail damage can increase the incidence of corn smut, stalk rot, Goss's bacterial wilt and blight and holcus spot.'
  2. 'The most common diseases are verticillium wilt and phomopsis blight.'
  3. 'A collection trip to Bolivia yielded strains of peanuts that may be resistant to tomato spotted wilt virus, a disease that reduces peanut size and yield.'
  4. 'Both stages can carry bacterial wilt or cucumber mosaic virus, diseases that will quickly kill the plant.'
  5. 'Resistant varieties that were also winter hardy were released in the 1940s. Grimm is still produced in Canada, where bacterial wilt is not a problem.'
  6. 'Fusarium wilt kills plants by cutting off nutrient supply from the roots and is one of the biggest dangers facing lupin production in Europe and Russia.'
  7. 'Occasionally it can be attacked by leafy mistletoe, verticillium wilt, fungal diseases, stem borers, scale, and some rodents.'
  8. 'A form of bacterial wilt which withers healthy banana plants and prematurely ripens fruits into a smelly goo is destroying crops and livelihoods as it moves across Uganda.'
  9. 'Some forms of this fungus cause wilt diseases that diminish yields of corn, cotton, tomatoes, and other crops.'
  10. 'She has never seen a tomatillo plant suffer from fusarium or verticillium wilt, two soil-borne fungus diseases that affect tomatoes and other members of the Solanaceae family.'

    More definitions

    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. the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpir

    More examples(as adjective)

    "watches can be wilted."

    "vegetables can be wilted."

    "silages can be wilted."

    "pods can be wilted."

    "people can be wilted."

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    (wilt)Late 17th century (originally dialect): perhaps an alteration of dialect welk ‘lose freshness’, of Low German origin.