[with, with, wahyth]
- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for withe
I got up, cut a withe of bamboo, and made her fast to a root.
He stretched the withe on the field, and began to put the corn in it.More Celtic Fairy Tales
You find a man hanging by a gad (withe), and you cut him down to save him.English As We Speak It in Ireland
P. W. Joyce
God for thy grace what hathe Poliphemus to do withe the gospell?Two Dyaloges (c. 1549)
It was a whole year since the withe had been fastened around him.Lives of SS. Declan and Mochuda
- 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
- (tr) to bind with withes
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).
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