verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
noun Also wilt disease (for defs 5b, 6).
- the drying out, drooping, and withering of the leaves of a plant due to inadequate water supply, excessive transpiration, or vascular disease.
- a disease so characterized, as fusarium wilt.
Origin of wilt1
Definition for wilting (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for wilting
Was not a whole family broken and wilting for lack of means to transplant it?A Bookful of Girls|Anna Fuller
George was wilting and turning limp before the glittering orbs of the valiant attorney.Last Words|Stephen Crane
Before the storm comes up all nature is parched and wilting, but after it has passed everything is throbbing with life.In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur
No such discoloration results from wilting due to competition for water.
Just enough moisture should be given to keep them from wilting, as, if too much is given, they are liable to rot.The Cauliflower|A. A. Crozier
British Dictionary definitions for wilting (1 of 2)
Word Origin for wilt
British Dictionary definitions for wilting (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for wilting
1690s, probably an alteration of welk "to wilt," probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German welken "to wither," cognate with Old High German irwelhen "become soft." Related: Wilted; wilting.