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

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

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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  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. Marco Rubio:

    That hunger and thirst for political leaders who focus on those issues is not going to change, the question is whether someone not named President Trump is able to do what President Trump has done.

  2. George Herbert:

    Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrel to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.

  3. Robert Glatter:

    But they are at risk as well when the heat index rises. Keeping ahead of their thirst is the key, not just drinking when they feel thirsty, taking breaks is essential when intensely exercising in the heat for more than one hour. This includes rest, finding shade from the sun, and drinking water mixed with sugar and electrolytes. Salty pretzels, fruit and nuts are always a good option if you don't have access to a drink with sugar and electrolytes.

  4. George Mason:

    Considering the natural lust for power so inherent in man, I fear the thirst of power will prevail to oppress the people.

  5. The Hitopadesa:

    Through avarice a man loses his understanding, and by his thirst for wealth he gives pain to the inhabitants of both worlds.

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