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with·ers

 (wĭth′ərz)
pl.n.
The high part of the back of a horse or other quadruped, located between the shoulder blades.

[Possibly from obsolete wither-, against (from the strain exerted on them when a horse draws a load), from Middle English, from Old English; see wi- in Indo-European roots.]

withers

(ˈwɪðəz)
pl n
(Zoology) the highest part of the back of a horse, behind the neck between the shoulders
[C16: short for widersones, from wider with + -sones, perhaps variant of sinew; related to German Widerrist, Old English withre resistance]

with•ers

(ˈwɪð ərz)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of a horse, cow, sheep, etc.
[1535–45; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.withers - the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animalswithers - the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animals
Equus caballus, horse - solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
ox - an adult castrated bull of the genus Bos; especially Bos taurus
sheep - woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
cervid, deer - distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
body part - any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
Translations

withers

[ˈwɪðəz] NPLcruz fsing (de caballo)

withers

plWiderrist m

withers

[ˈwɪðəz] nplgarrese msg (di cavallo)
References in classic literature ?
The vilest deeds, like poison weeds, Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in Man That wastes and withers there; Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate, And the Warder is Despair.
Bill Withers and his brother Jack come along by, talking, and Jack says:
The sap flows from an incision made high up in the tree into a vessel hung there to receive it, and soon hardens into the substance called camphor, but the tree itself withers up and dies when it has been so treated.
Riding close to him I reached down from the saddle, and grasping his cartridge belt drew him up across the withers of my mount.
Her rifle was still in its boot at her pony's withers.
The pasturage which prevails there during a certain portion of the year, soon withers under the aridity of the atmosphere, and leaves nothing but dreary wastes.
Ah,' said the Englishman at last, rubbing his pony's damp withers with his whip-butt.
He clutched the bristling withers of the barasingh with his right hand, held the torch away with his left, and stepped out of the shrine into the desperate night.
Behold how, beginning with the discovery of printing, architecture withers away little by little, becomes lifeless and bare.
Because of its attraction to the earth, because its stalk withers, because it is dried by the sun, because it grows heavier, because the wind shakes it, or because the boy standing below wants to eat it?
A quick glance across his shoulder showed him the galloping thoatman in the act of dragging Tara to the withers of the beast, and then, with the fury of a demon, Gahan of Gathol leaped for his own man, dragged him from his mount and as he fell smote his head from his shoulders with a single cut of his keen sword.
His left hand grasped the heavy mane; his right arm lay across the beast's withers and his right hand drew steadily in upon a halter rope with which he had taken a half hitch about the horse's muzzle.