1(Of a plant, leaf, or flower) become limp through heat, loss of water, or disease; droop.
- At this time, chill treatment seedlings were severely wilted with extensive leaf rolling characteristic of water-stressed maize.
- Insufficient removal of these air embolisms may result in serious water stress which may lead to early leaf wilting as previously shown in chrysanthemum cut flowers.
- Similarly, in cut chrysanthemum flowers, the leaves often wilt, due to a blockage for water transport in the xylem of the basal stem part.
1.1(Of a person) lose one’s energy or vigor.
- 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!’
- I have seen people wilt under infinitely less, and she just maintained class and dignity throughout.
- What with chasing up health care, and taking delivery of 200 gallons of heating oil, and tackling a stream of official forms and stuff, I was wilting more than just a little by the end of the afternoon.
noun[usually with modifier]
Any of a number of fungal or bacterial diseases of plants characterized by wilting of the foliage.
- Both stages can carry bacterial wilt or cucumber mosaic virus, diseases that will quickly kill the plant.
- They are blamed with spreading bacterial wilt and cucumber mosaic.
- Hail damage can increase the incidence of corn smut, stalk rot, Goss's bacterial wilt and blight and holcus spot.
Late 17th century (originally dialect): perhaps an alteration of dialect welk 'lose freshness', of Low German origin.
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