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WITH, WITHE, n. [L., probably a shoot.]
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English withthe; akin to Old English w?thig withy Date: before 12th century a slender flexible branch or twig;
(also withy) (pl. withes or -ies) n. a tough flexible shoot esp. of willow or osier used for tying a bundle of wood etc. Etymology: OE withthe, withig f. Gmc, rel. to WIRE
Withe Withe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Withed; p. pr. & vb. n. Withing.] To bind or fasten with withes. You shall see him withed, and haltered, and staked, and baited to death. --Bp. Hall.
Withe Withe (?; 277), n. [OE. withe. ????. See Withy, n.] [Written also with.] 1. A flexible, slender twig or branch used as a band; a willow or osier twig; a withy. 2. A band consisting of a twig twisted. 3. (Naut.) 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; a wythe. --R. H. Dana, Jr. 4. (Arch.) A partition between flues in a chimney.