Definitions for thirstθɜrst
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat caused by need of liquid.
a need for liquid or moisture.
eager desire; craving:
a thirst for knowledge.
(v.i.)to feel thirst; be thirsty.
to have a strong desire.
Origin of thirst:
bef. 900; ME thirsten, OE thyrstan, der. of thurst
a physiological need to drink
hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness(verb)
strong desire for something (not food or drink)
"a thirst for knowledge"; "hunger for affection"
feel the need to drink
crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lust(verb)
have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the condition of needing to drink
his powerful thirst
a strong need to do sth
her thirst for power
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
fig.: A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; -- usually with for, of, or after; as, the thirst for gold
to feel thirst; to experience a painful or uneasy sensation of the throat or fauces, as for want of drink
to have a vehement desire
to have a thirst for
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
A drive stemming from a physiological need for WATER.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A sensation immediately following a short session at the free lunch stand.
Translations for thirst
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a feeling of dryness (in the mouth) caused by a lack of water or moisture
I have a terrible thirst.
- sedePortuguese (BR)
- der DurstGerman
- rasa hausIndonesian
- susuzluk, susamaTurkish
- 渴Chinese (Trad.)
- sự khátVietnamese
- 渴Chinese (Simp.)
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