Withe Definition

wĭth, wĭth, wīth
withed, withing
noun
A tough, flexible twig of willow, osier, etc., used for binding things; withy.
Webster's New World

(nautical) An iron attachment on one end of a mast or boom, with a ring, through which another mast or boom is rigged out and secured.

Wiktionary

(architecture) A partition between flues in a chimney.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
withy
verb
withed, withing
To bind with withes.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Withe

Noun

Singular:
withe
Plural:
withes

Origin of Withe

  • From Middle English withe, withthe, from Old English wiþe, wiþþe (“cord, band, thong, fetter"), from Proto-Germanic *wiþiz, *wiþjÇ­ (“cord, rope"), from Proto-Indo-European *weyt- (“that which winds or bends, branch, switch"), from Proto-Indo-European *wey- (“to turn, wind, bend"). Cognate with Danish vidje (“wicker"), Swedish vidja (“withe, wicker, osier"), Icelandic við, viðja (“a withe"), Latin vÄ«tis (“vine").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English withthe wei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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