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blight at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


blight at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1611, origin obscure, apparently emerged into literary speech from the talk of gardeners and farmers, perhaps ult. from O.E. bl?ice, bl?ic?uu, a scrofulous skin condition and/or from O.N. blikna "become pale." Used in a general way of agricultural diseases, sometimes with suggestion of "invisible baleful influence;" hence figurative sense of "anything which withers hopes or prospects or checks prosperity" (1852). The verb in this sense is from 1712. Hence slang blighter (1896) "contemptible fellow," but often jocular. ///

blight at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

1 [singular,U] an unhealthy condition of plants in which parts of them dry up and die:
2 [singular] something that makes people unhappy or that spoils their lives or the environment they live in: blight on// --Her guilty secret was a blight on her happiness.// --the blight of poverty//
blight 2 v [T] to spoil or damage something, especially by preventing people from doing what they want to do// --a disease which, though not fatal, can blight the lives of its victims// --a country blighted by poverty// -- blighted adj // --blighted hopes//

blight at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any of various plant diseases whose symptoms include sudden and severe yellowing, browning, spotting, withering, or dying of leaves, flowers, fruit, stems, or the entire plant. Usually the shoots and other young, rapidly growing tissues of a plant are attacked. Most blights are caused by bacteria or fungi (see fungus); some result from drought. Fungal and bacterial blights are most likely under cool, moist conditions. Most economically important plants are susceptible to one or more blights. Measures taken to fight blight include destroying the infected plant parts; using disease-free seed or stock and resistant varieties; rotating crops (see crop rotation); pruning and spacing plants for better air circulation; controlling pests that carry the fungus from plant to plant; avoiding overhead watering and working among wet plants; and, where needed, applying fungicides or antibiotics. Maintaining sanitary conditions is the most important measure for stopping the spread of the infestation. See also chestnut blight.

blight at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

218 Moby Thesaurus words for "blight":
abnormality, abomination, abuse, acute disease,
adverse circumstances, adversity, affection, afflict, affliction,
aggravation, aggrieve, ailment, allergic disease, allergy,
annoyance, atrocity, atrophy, bacterial disease, bad, bane, befoul,
befoulment, bewitch, birth defect, blast, blast-freeze, botch,
bummer, calamity, cancer, canker, cardiovascular disease, care,
chronic disease, circulatory disease, complaint, complication,
condemn, condition, congeal, congenital defect, corrupt,
corruption, cross, crucify, crying evil, curse, damage, dash,
defect, deficiency disease, defile, defilement, deformity,
degenerative disease, deprave, despoil, despoliation, destroy,
destruction, detriment, difficulties, difficulty, disability,
disadvantage, disease, disorder, disserve, distemper, distress,
do a mischief, do evil, do ill, do wrong, do wrong by, doom,
downer, dry rot, endemic, endemic disease, endocrine disease,
envenom, epidemic disease, evil, freeze, freeze solid,
functional disease, fungus, fungus disease,
gastrointestinal disease, genetic disease, get into trouble,
glaciate, glacify, grievance, handicap, harass, hard knocks,
hard life, hard lot, hardcase, hardship, harm, havoc,
hereditary disease, hex, hurt, iatrogenic disease, ice, ill,
illness, impair, indisposition, infect, infection,
infectious disease, infest, infestation, infirmity, injure, injury,
irritation, jinx, malady, malaise, maltreat, mar, menace, mildew,
mischief, misfortune, mistreat, mold, molest, morbidity, morbus,
moth, moth and rust, muscular disease, must, neurological disease,
nip, nutritional disease, occupational disease, organic disease,
outrage, pandemic disease, pathological condition, pathology,
persecute, pest, pestilence, plague, plant disease,
play havoc with, play hob with, plight, poison, pollute, pollution,
predicament, prejudice, pressure, protozoan disease,
psychosomatic disease, quick-freeze, refreeze, regelate,
respiratory disease, rigor, rockiness, rot, ruin, rust, savage,
scathe, scourge, sea of troubles, secondary disease, seediness,
sickishness, sickness, signs, smut, spoil, stress, stress of life,
symptomatology, symptomology, symptoms, syndrome, taint, the pip,
the worst, threaten, torment, torture, toxin, trial, tribulation,
trouble, troubles, urogenital disease, vale of tears, venom,
vexation, vicissitude, violate, virus disease, wasting disease,
wither, woe, worm, worm disease, wound, wreak havoc on, wreck,

Blight at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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

Blight \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.

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.

Blight \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.

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

5. pl. A rashlike eruption on the human skin. [U. S.]

blight at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a state or condition being blighted
2: any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting
v : cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the
garden with mold" [syn: {plague}]

blight at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » non Inter: term » blikna||to grow pallidInter: R:Online Etymology Dictionary » blight.


* Inter: enPR » blīt, Inter: IPA » /blaɪt/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /blaIt/
  • Inter: rhymes » aɪt


    Inter: en-noun » s|-

  • Inter: wikipedi » a
  • any of many plant diseases causing damage to, or the death of, leaves, fruit or other parts
    1. the bacterium, virus or fungus that causes such a condition
    2. Inter: context » by extension anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life

      Derived terms

      Inter: top » 4

  • alder blight
  • American blight
  • aphis-blight
  • apple blight
  • bean blight
  • beet blight
  • blight bird
  • blight canker
  • blight in the eye
  • blight-beetle
  • blighted
  • blighty
  • blister blight
  • cane blight

  • Inter: mid » 4
    • celery blight
    • chestnut blight
    • coffee blight
    • collar blight
    • early blight
    • fire blight, fireblight
    • frictional blight
    • functional blight
    • fusarium ear blight, fusarium head blight
    • green blight
    • halo blight
    • head blight
    • kernel blight

    Inter: mid » 4
  • late blight
  • leaf blight
  • moth blight
  • needle blight
  • northern corn-leaf blight, northern leaf blight
  • oak blight
  • peach blight
  • pear blight
  • pine blight
  • planning blight
  • potato blight
  • rim blight
  • sandy blight

  • Inter: mid » 4
    • seedling blight
    • southern blight
    • Sphaeropsis blight
    • spinach blight
    • spur blight
    • stamen blight
    • stem blight
    • stripe blight
    • thread blight
    • tomato blight
    • twig blight
    • urban blight
    • walnut blight

    Inter: botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » plant disease
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|главня|f, Inter: t+ » bg|ръжда|f
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|rouille|f, Inter: t+ » fr|cloque|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|ожог|m|tr=ožóg, Inter: t+ » ru|милдью|n|tr=míld’ju

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|gaiseadh|m
    • Telugu: తెగులు (tegulu)

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » agent of this disease
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » anything that impedes growth or spoils something
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|вредител|m
    • Finnish: vitsaus, jonkin pilaaja

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|fléau

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: intransitiv » e to suffer blight
    1. Inter: transitiv » e to cause to suffer blight
    2. Inter: transitiv » e to spoil or ruin (something)


      Inter: trans-top » to suffer blight

  • French: être Inter: t+ » fr|abîmé

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to cause to suffer blight
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|abîmer

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to spoil or ruin (something)
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|повреждам, Inter: t+ » bg|разстройвам, Inter: t+ » bg|развалям
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|pilata, Inter: t+ » fi|turmella

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|abîmer

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Derived terms

    * blighter
    • blighting
    • blightingly


    Translation: et » blight
    Translation: ko » blight
    Translation: io » blight
    Translation: id » blight
    Translation: mg » blight
    Translation: ml » blight
    Translation: my » blight
    Translation: pl » blight
    Translation: ru » blight
    Translation: fi » blight
    Translation: ta » blight
    Translation: te » blight
    Translation: vi » blight
    Translation: zh » blight