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    The meaning of 'withering'

    would it possibly mean 'intensive' in the following paragraphs? Many thanks!

    "The Boeing 777 vanished for reasons unknown on March 8, 2014, during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

    A withering 46,000 square miles of remote ocean floor up to 4 miles deep have been combed with sonar and video.

    Experts had been questioning the competence of the company in charge of the search, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing. Some have criticized what they suspect is shoddy work, inappropriate equipment use and a focus on speed over thoroughness by the Dutch underwater survey company hired by Australia to find the plane."

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    Re: The meaning of 'withering'

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    A withering 46,000 square miles of remote ocean floor up to 4 miles deep have been combed with sonar and video.

    I think that here the sense of "withering" is "causing something to wilt or diminish". In this case the 'something' is probably the spirit and enthusiasm of the search parties. In other words, the sheer size of the search area is exhausting and demoralising.
    Last edited by JMurray; 30-Jul-2015 at 04:17.

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