dew
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /djuː/
  • IPA: /dʒuː/ (among those with yod-coalescence in stressed syllables)
  • (America) IPA: /du/ (among those with yod-dropping)
Noun

dew

  1. (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
  2. (uncountable) Moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
    Synonyms: rore
  3. (countable, but see usage notes) An instance of such moisture settling on plants, etc.
    There was a heavy dew this morning.
  4. (figurative) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      the golden dew of sleep
  5. (figurative) An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 110:3 ↗:
      Thy people ſhalbe willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holineſſe from the wombe of the morning: thou haſt the dew of thy youth.
    • the dew of his youth
Translations Verb

dew (dews, present participle dewing; past and past participle dewed)

  1. To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.
    • The grasses grew / A little ranker since they dewed them so.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: оросить

DEW
Noun
  1. Acronym of distant early warning
Related terms
Dew
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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