Definitions for thirst
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a physiological need to drink
hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstinessverb
strong desire for something (not food or drink)
"a thirst for knowledge"; "hunger for affection"
feel the need to drink
crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lustverb
have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: ðyrst , Saxon; dorst, Dutch.
But fearless they persue, nor can the flood
Quench their dire thirst; alas! they thirst for blood. John Denham.
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.
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.
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.
Thirst is the craving for potable 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 sodium. If the water volume of the body falls below a certain threshold or the osmolite concentration becomes too high, structures in the brain detect changes in blood constituents and signal thirst.Continuous dehydration can cause acute and chronic diseases, but is most often associated with renal and neurological disorders. Excessive thirst, called 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. Some sources 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.
Thirst is a sensation or feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat, typically triggered by a deficit of bodily fluids either due to dehydration, physical exertion, or consumption of salty foods. It acts as a basic instinct that propels one to consume liquids, particularly water, in order to maintain the body's necessary hydration levels.
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
If we deny the thirst of love, we stand to lose the last known address of the stranger whithin us.
Your stomach can't tell the difference between hunger and thirst.
The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers.
Children don't have a highly developed thirst mechanism, so they're especially vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, so parents need to remind their children to drink water.
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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