thirst
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /θɜːst/
  • (America) IPA: /θɝst/
Noun

thirst

  1. A sensation of dryness in the throat associated with a craving for liquids, produced by deprivation of drink, or by some other cause (such as fear, excitement, etc.) which spots the secretion of the pharyngeal mucous membrane
  2. The condition producing the sensation of thirst.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      "We haven't one chance for life in a hundred thousand if we don't find food and water upon Caprona. This water coming out of the cliff is not salt; but neither is it fit to drink, though each of us has drunk. It is fair to assume that inland the river is fed by pure streams, that there are fruits and herbs and game. Shall we lie out here and die of thirst and starvation with a land of plenty possibly only a few hundred yards away? We have the means for navigating a subterranean river. Are we too cowardly to utilize this means?"
  3. (figuratively) A want and eager desire (for something); a craving or longing.
    a thirst for gold
  4. (slang) sexual lust
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

thirst (thirsts, present participle thirsting; past and past participle thirsted)

  1. (intransitive) To be thirsty.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Exodus 17:3 ↗:
      The people thirsted there for water.
  2. (intransitive, usually followed by "for") To desire vehemently.
    I thirst for knowledge and education will sate me.to be thirsted for one's blood
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 42:2 ↗:
      My soul thirsteth for […] the living God.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Matthew 5:6 ↗:
      Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Translations
  • French: avoir soif
  • German: dürsten (rare), Durst haben
  • Italian: avere sete
  • Portuguese: ter sede, estar com sede
  • Russian: испы́тывать жажда
  • Spanish: tener sed
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