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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dewnoun

    water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight from water vapor in the air

    "in the morning the grass was wet with dew"


  1. dewnoun

    moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.

  2. dewnoun

    an instance of a such moisture settling on plants, etc.

    there was a heavy dew this morning.

  3. dewverb

    To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEWnoun

    The moisture upon the ground.

    Etymology: deaw, Saxon; daaw, Dutch.

    Fogs, particularly those which we frequently observe after sun-setting, even in our hottest months, are nothing but a vapour, consisting of water, and of such mineral matter as it meets with in its passage, and could well bring up along with it; which vapour was sent up in greater quantity all the foregoing day, than now in the evening: but the sun then being above the horizon, taking it at the surface of the earth, and rapidly mounting it up into the atmosphere, it was not discernible, as now it is; because the sun being now gone off, the vapour stagnates at and near the earth, and saturates the air ’till it is so thick as to be easily visible therein: and when at length the heat there is somewhat further spent, which is usually about the middle of the night, it falls down again in a dew, alighting upon herbs and other vegetables, which it cherishes, cools and refreshes, after the scorching heat of the foregoing day. John Woodward, Natural History.

    Never yet one hour in bed
    Did I enjoy the golden dew of sleep,
    But with his tim’rous dreams was still awak’d. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    That churchman bears a bounteous mind, indeed;
    A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us;
    His dew falls ev’ry where. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    She looks as clear
    As morning roses newly wash’d with dew. William Shakespeare.

    Dews and rain are but the returns of moist vapours condensed. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 81.

    Now sliding streams the thirsty plants renew,
    And feed their fibres with reviving dew. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Dewverb

    To wet as with dew; to moisten; to bedew.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    A trickling stream of balm most sovereign,
    And dainty dear, which on the ground still fell,
    And overflowed all the fertile plain,
    As it had dewed been with timely rain. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Be we the med’cine of the sickly weal,
    And with him pour we in our country’s purge,
    Each drop of us.
    ———— Or so much as it needs
    To dew the sovereign flower, and drown the weeds. William Shakespeare.

    Give me thy hand,
    That I may dew it with my mournful tears. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    He ceas’d; discerning Adam with such joy
    Surcharg’d, as had, like grief, been dew’d in tears,
    Without the vent of words, which these he breath’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xii. l. 373.

    Palemon above the rest appears,
    In sable garments, dew’d with gushing tears. John Dryden, Fables.

    In Gallick blood again
    He dews his reeking sword, and strows the ground
    With headless ranks. Phillips.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dewnoun

    moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces, particularly at night

  2. Dewnoun

    figuratively, anything which falls lightly and in a refreshing manner

  3. Dewnoun

    an emblem of morning, or fresh vigor

  4. Dewverb

    to wet with dew or as with dew; to bedew; to moisten; as with dew

  5. Dew

    same as Due, or Duty

  6. Etymology: [AS. dew; akin to D. dauw, G. thau, tau, Icel. dgg, Sw. dagg, Dan. dug; cf. Skr. dhav, dhv, to flow. 72. Cf. Dag dew.]


  1. Dew

    Dew is water in the form of droplets that appears on thin, exposed objects in the morning or evening. As the exposed surface cools by radiating its heat, atmospheric moisture condenses at a rate greater than that at which it can evaporate, resulting in the formation of water droplets. When temperatures are low enough, dew takes the form of ice; this form is called freeze. Because dew is related to the temperature of surfaces, in late summer it is formed most easily on surfaces which are not warmed by conducted heat from deep ground, such as grass, leaves, railings, car roofs, and bridges. Dew should not be confused with guttation, which is the process by which plants release excess water from the tips of their leaves.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dew

    dū, n. moisture deposited from the air on cooling, esp. at night, in minute specks upon the surface of objects: early freshness (esp. in Dew of his youth).—v.t. to wet with dew: to moisten.—ns. Dew′berr′y, a kind of bramble or blackberry having a bluish dew-like bloom on the fruit; Dew′-claw, a rudimentary inner toe of a dog's hind-foot; Dew′drop; Dew′fall, the falling of dew, the time it falls; Dew′point, the temperature at which dew begins to form; Dew′-rett′ing, the process of rotting away the gummy part of hemp or flax by exposure on the grass to dew and rain; Dew′stone, a Nottinghamshire limestone; Dew′-worm, the common earthworm.—adj. Dew′y.—Mountain dew (slang), whisky, originally illicitly distilled or smuggled spirits. [A.S. deáw; cf. Ice. dögg, Ger. thau, dew.]

  2. Dew

    dū, n. an obsolete spelling of due.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEW in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEW in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of DEW in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    A kiss is the morning dew which stand up. (Un baiser, c'est la rosée - Du matin qui s'est levé)

  2. Lord Byron:

    But words are things; and a small drop of ink, Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

  3. Valentina Mella:

    Koalas have been alleged to never drink free water in the wild, or to drink only occasionally. Drinking behavior has often been considered unusual and attributed to disease or to severe heat stress, koalas were thought to gain the majority of the water that they require from the moisture content in the leaves that they feed on and to drink water unintentionally in the wild by eating wet leaves after rain, or when dew is present on the leaf surface.

  4. John M. Ford:

    I am...a mushroom On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.

  5. George Gordon Byron:

    But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
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