What does thirst mean?

Definitions for thirst
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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

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.

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

  1. THIRST

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

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Numerology

  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. Spike Milligan:

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

  2. Ricardo A Scott:

    trench town is my water hole from which I shall drink of africa to quench my thirst- ricardo scott poetical works

  3. 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.

  4. AiR Atman in Ravi:

    Desire is like a fire…In the end it makes us burst. And though we achieve what we want, it will never Quench our thirst.

  5. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet:

    For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily, when good is hungry is seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.

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