Definitions for thirstθɜrst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

thirstθɜrst(n.)

  1. a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat caused by need of liquid.

    Category: Physiology

  2. a need for liquid or moisture.

    Category: Physiology

  3. eager desire; craving:

    a thirst for knowledge.

  4. (v.i.)to feel thirst; be thirsty.

  5. to have a strong desire.

Origin of thirst:

bef. 900; ME thirsten, OE thyrstan, der. of thurst

thirst′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thirst, thirstiness(noun)

    a physiological need to drink

  2. hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness(verb)

    strong desire for something (not food or drink)

    "a thirst for knowledge"; "hunger for affection"

  3. thirst(verb)

    feel the need to drink

  4. crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lust(verb)

    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. thirst(noun)θɜrst

    the condition of needing to drink

    his powerful thirst

  2. thirstθɜrst

    a strong need to do sth

    her thirst for power

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thirst(noun)

    a sensation of dryness in the throat associated with a craving for liquids, produced by deprivation of drink, or by some other cause (as fear, excitement, etc.) which arrests the secretion of the pharyngeal mucous membrane; hence, the condition producing this sensation

  2. Thirst(noun)

    fig.: A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; -- usually with for, of, or after; as, the thirst for gold

  3. Thirst(noun)

    to feel thirst; to experience a painful or uneasy sensation of the throat or fauces, as for want of drink

  4. Thirst(noun)

    to have a vehement desire

  5. Thirst(verb)

    to have a thirst for

Freebase

  1. Thirst

    Thirst is the craving for fluids, resulting in the basic instinct of animals to drink. It is an essential mechanism involved in fluid balance. It arises from a lack of fluids or an increase in the concentration of certain osmolites, such as salt. If the water volume of the body falls below a certain threshold or the osmolite concentration becomes too high, the brain signals thirst. Continuous dehydration can cause many problems, but is most often associated with renal problems and neurological problems such as seizures. Excessive thirst, known as polydipsia, along with excessive urination, known as polyuria, may be an indication of diabetes mellitus or diabetes insipidus. There are receptors and other systems in the body that detect a decreased volume or an increased osmolite concentration. They signal to the central nervous system, where central processing succeeds. Some sources, therefore, distinguish "extracellular thirst" from "intracellular thirst", where extracellular thirst is thirst generated by decreased volume and intracellular thirst is thirst generated by increased osmolite concentration. Nevertheless, the craving itself is something generated from central processing in the brain, no matter how it is detected.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Thirst

    A drive stemming from a physiological need for WATER.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. THIRST

    A sensation immediately following a short session at the free lunch stand.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

thirst(noun)

a feeling of dryness (in the mouth) caused by a lack of water or moisture

I have a terrible thirst.

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