Definition of mildew :
1. A growth of minute powdery or webby fungi, whitish or of different colors, found on various diseased or decaying substances.
2. To become tainted with mildew.
3. To taint with mildew.
- Its high white walls were blotched with patches of mildew, and in some parts there were long greenish stains from roof to ground, like tear streaks on the crumbling plaster. - "The Firm of Girdlestone", Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Down one side a long blank wall, stone- built and green with mildew, presented an unbroken frontage: on the other the row of houses with doors perpetually barred, and windows whereon dust and grit had formed effectual curtains against prying eyes, added to the sense of loneliness, of insecurity, of unknown dangers lurking behind that crippled archway, or beneath the shadows of the projecting eaves, whence the perpetual drip- drip of soot water came as a note of melancholy desolation. - "The Nest of the Sparrowhawk", Baroness Orczy.
- The time is coming when the man who cares not for another Shall be accounted as a stain upon a fair creation; Who lives to fill his coffers full, his better self to smother, As blight and mildew on the fame and glory of a nation. - "Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul", Various.