Definition of Blight

1. Noun. A state or condition being blighted.

Generic synonyms: Desolation, Devastation



2. Verb. Cause to suffer a blight. "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"
Exact synonyms: Plague
Generic synonyms: Afflict, Smite
Derivative terms: Plague, Plague, Plague

3. Noun. Any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting.

Definition of Blight

1. v. t. To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of.

2. v. i. To be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never blights.

3. n. 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.

Definition of Blight

1. Noun. any of many plant diseases causing damage to, or the death of, leaves, fruit or other parts ¹

2. Noun. the bacterium, virus or fungus that causes such a condition ¹

3. Noun. (context: by extension) anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) to suffer blight ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to cause to suffer blight ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) to spoil or ruin (something) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Blight

1. to cause decay [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Blight

1. 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) Origin: Perh. Contr. From AS. Blicettan 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. 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. 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. A rashlike eruption on the human skin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blight

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blight (current term)
blight canker
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blimbing
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Literary usage of Blight

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1. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1907)
"PROGRESS OF PEAR blight CONTROL IN CALIFORNIA. BY PROF. MB WAITE, Pathologist in Charge of Diseases of Fruits, US Department of Agriculture. ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1892)
"PEAR blight*is a disease which works only In meristematic tissues. Twig blight and blossom blight explained. Methods of isolation of the microbe of blight ..."

3. The Fruits and Fruit-trees of America: Or, the Culture, Propagation, and by Andrew Jackson Downing, Charles Downing (1900)
"That what is popularly called the pear blight, is, in fact, two distinct ... The first we shall therefore call the insect blight, and the second the ..."

4. Summarized Proceedings ... and a Directory of Members by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1892)
"PEAR blight" is a disease which works only in meristematic tissues. Twig blight and blossom blight explained. Methods of isolation of the microbe of blight ..."

5. Fungous Diseases of Plants, with Chapters on Physiology, Culture Methods and by Benjamin Minge Duggar (1909)
"The fungus causing the early blight of potatoes was described in 1882. ... The early blight is common practically throughout the United States, ..."

6. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1915)
"WLM Dissemination of the Chestnut-blight Fungus. ... If the blight is freely distributed by so omnipresent an agency as the wind, the part that birds play ..."

7. An Introduction to Bacterial Diseases of Plants by Erwin Frink Smith (1920)
"THE MULBERRY blight Type.—This is a blight in many respects resembling fire ... 262, 263), in which it resembles the walnut blight, and the leaf-spot of ..."

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