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Webster 1913 Edition


Dew

Dew

(dū)
,
Noun.
[AS.
deáw
; akin to D.
dauw
, G.
thau
,
tau
, Icel.
dögg
, Sw.
dagg
, Dan.
dug
; cf. Skr.
dhav
,
dhāv
, to flow. √72. Cf.
Dag
dew.]
1.
Moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces, particularly at night.
Her tears fell with the
dews
at even.
Tennyson.
2.
Figuratively, anything which falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
“The golden dew of sleep.”
Shak.
3.
An emblem of morning, or fresh vigor.
“The dew of his youth.”
Longfellow.
Dew is used in combination; as, dew-bespangled, dew-drenched, dewdrop, etc.

Dew

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Dewed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Dewing
.]
To wet with dew or as with dew; to bedew; to moisten; as with dew.
The grasses grew
A little ranker since they
dewed
them so.
A. B. Saxton.

Dew

,
Adj.
&
Noun.
Same as
Due
, or
Duty
.
[Obs.]
Spenser.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dew

DEW

,
Noun.
[G. To thaw.] The water or moisture collected or deposited on or near the surface of the earth, during the night, by the escape of the heat which held the water in solution.

DEW

, v.t To wet with dew; to moisten.

Definition 2021


dew

dew

See also: DEW and dew-

English

Noun

dew (countable and uncountable, plural dews)

  1. (uncountable) moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
  2. (countable, but see usage notes) an instance of a such moisture settling on plants, etc.
    There was a heavy dew this morning.
  3. (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
  4. (figuratively) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
    • Shakespeare
      The golden dew of sleep.
  5. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour.
    • Longfellow
      The dew of his youth.

Usage notes

  • Although the countable sense is still used, the plural form is now archaic or poetic only.

Synonyms

  • (moisture settling on plants): rore (obsolete)

Translations

Verb

dew (third-person singular simple present dews, present participle dewing, simple past and past participle dewed)

  1. To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.
    • A. B. Saxton
      The grasses grew / A little ranker since they dewed them so.

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Catalan

Etymology

From adéu.

Interjection

dew

  1. (Internet slang) bye

Cornish

Cornish cardinal numbers
 <  1 2 3  > 
    Cardinal : dew

Etymology

From Proto-Brythonic *dọw, from Proto-Celtic *dwau, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.

Numeral

dew

  1. (cardinal) two

See also

  • (cardinal number): Previous: onan. Next: tri

Mutation


Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɛu̯/

Adjective

dew

  1. Soft mutation of tew.

Mutation

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tew dew nhew thew
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Zazaki

Noun

dew ?

  1. village

Declension

See also

  • dewıc