What does thirst mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thirst, thirstinessnoun

    a physiological need to drink

  2. hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstinessverb

    strong desire for something (not food or drink)

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

  3. thirstverb

    feel the need to drink

  4. crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lustverb

    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. THIRSTnoun

    Etymology: ðyrst , Saxon; dorst, Dutch.

    But fearless they persue, nor can the flood
    Quench their dire thirst; alas! they thirst for blood. John Denham.

    Thus accurs’d,
    In midst of water I complain of thirst. Dryden.

    Thirst and hunger denote the state of spittle and liquor of the stomach. Thirst is the sign of an acrimony commonly alkalescent or muriatick. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Not hope of praise, nor thirst of worldly good,
    Enticed us to follow this emprize. Edward Fairfax, b. ii.

    Thou hast allay’d the thirst I had of knowledge. John Milton.

    Say is’t thy bounty, or thy thirst of praise. George Granville.

    This is an active and ardent thirst after happiness, or after a full, beatifying object. George Cheyne.

    The rapid current, through veins
    Of porous earth with kindly thirst up drawn,
    Rose a fresh fountain. John Milton.

  2. To Thirstverb

    To want to drink.

    Untam’d and fierce the tyger still remains:
    For the kind gifts of water and of food,
    He seeks his keeper’s flesh, and thirsts his blood. Matthew Prior.

  3. To Thirstverb

    Etymology: ðyrstan , Saxon; dersten, Dutch.

    They shall not hunger nor thirst. Isa. xlix. 10.

    The people thirsted there for water. Exod. xvii. 3.

    They as they thirsted scoop the brimming stream. John Milton.

    They knew how the ungodly were tormented, thirsting in another manner than the just. Wisd. xi. 9.

    My soul thirsteth for the living God. Psal. xlii. 2.

    Till a man hungers and thirsts after righteousness, till he feels an uneasiness in the want of it, his will will not be determined to any action in pursuit of this confessed, greater good. John Locke.

    But furious thirsting thus for gore,
    The sons of men shall ne’er approach thy shore. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thirstnoun

    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. Thirstnoun

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

  3. Thirstnoun

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

  4. Thirstnoun

    to have a vehement desire

  5. Thirstverb

    to have a thirst for


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thirst

    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

  1. Thirst

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thirst in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thirst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of thirst in a Sentence

  1. Trinh Le:

    It’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger, and a lot of us don’t get enough fluids into our day.

  2. Eugène Ionesco:

    No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.

  3. Spike Milligan:

    Many people die of thirst but the Irish are born with one.

  4. Caroline Krauss:

    When does that stop ? When does De Niro get the opportunity to not take every project that comes along and not work six-day weeks, 12-hour days so De Niro can keep pace with Ms. Hightower’s thirst for Stella McCartney ? he could get sick tomorrow, and the party’s over.

  5. Salvador Alvarenga:

    We didn't think about hunger at first, it was the thirst. We had to drink our own urine after the storm. It wasn't until a month later that we finally got some rain water.

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