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Meaning of BLIGHT

Pronunciation:  blIt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting
  2. [n]  a state or condition being blighted
  3. [v]  cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"
 

BLIGHT is a 6 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: plague
 
 See Also: afflict, alder blight, apple blight, apple canker, bean blight, beet blight, blister blight, cane blight, chestnut blight, chestnut canker, chestnut-bark disease, coffee blight, collar blight, desolation, devastation, halo blight, halo spot, head blight, late blight, leaf blight, peach blight, plant disease, potato blight, potato disease, potato mildew, potato mold, potato murrain, rim blight, smite, spinach blight, spur blight, stem blight, stripe blight, thread blight, tomato blight, tomato yellows, twig blight, walnut blight

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    
  2. \Blight\, v. i.
    To be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never
    blights.
    
    
  3. \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.]
    
    
 
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