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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
thėrst, n. the uneasiness caused by want of drink: vehement desire for drink: eager desire for anything.—v.i. to feel thirst: to desire vehemently.—n. Thirst′er.—adv. Thirst′ily.—n. Thirst′iness.—adj. Thirst′y, suffering from thirst: dry: parched: vehemently desiring. [A.S. thurst, thyrst; Ger. durst; cf. Gr. tersesthai, L. torrēre, to dry.]
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.
The numerical value of thirst in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of thirst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If you drink to thirst, you maximize your performance.
Your stomach can't tell the difference between hunger and thirst.
If we deny the thirst of love, we stand to lose the last known address of the stranger whithin us.
He who neglects to drink from the spring of experience is likely to die of thirst in the desert of ignorance.
Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrel to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.
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- смага, прагаBelarusian
- ambició, setCatalan, Valencian
- tørst, tørsteDanish
- Durst, dürstenGerman
- διψάω, δίψαGreek
- desear, hambre, ambición, ansias, sed, ansiar, ambicionarSpanish
- jano, himoFinnish
- tysta, tostiFaroese
- soif, désirer, avoir soifFrench
- toarstWestern Frisian
- pathadhScottish Gaelic
- צמא, צימאוןHebrew
- swaf dloHaitian Creole
- szomjúság, szomjHungarian
- sete, avidità, avere seteItalian
- 喉の渇き, 口渇, 渇Japanese
- шөлдеу, шөл, сусау, аңсауKazakh
- ಬಾಯಾರಿಕೆ, ಡಿಸೈರ್Kannada
- 목마름, 갈증, 渴症Korean
- sitīre, sitisLatin
- DuuschtLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- troškulys, trokšti, troškimasLithuanian
- kehausan, kedahagaanMalay
- pragnienie, być spragnionymPolish
- [[ter]] [[sede]], sede, [[estar]] [[com]] [[sede]]Portuguese
- ch'akichikuy, ch'akiyQuechua
- said, setRomansh
- sete, a dori fierbinteRomanian
- жажда, жаждать, смагаRussian
- side, sidiSardinian
- жеђ, жеда, žeda, žeđSerbo-Croatian
- et, etjeAlbanian
- törsta, törstSwedish
- susuzluk, açlıkTurkish
- спрага, жага, смагаUkrainian
- khát nướcVietnamese
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