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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Drops of dew trembled on the flowers.
▪ During July, August and September there would be quite heavy dew in the sheltered hollows along the wood.
▪ Heavy pearl drops of dew splashed noisily on jute leaves that had fallen to the ground.
▪ It was early, and dew still lingered in the grass.
▪ Ropes became fringed with a rime of dew.
▪ The dew vanished from the flowers; they began to lose their freshness and to wilt, passing from hand to hand.
▪ They may also trap the dew in hairs.
▪ They said the cotton was heavier at dawn because of the dew and you could make more money than in the afternoon.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dew \Dew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dewed; p. pr. & vb. n. Dewing.] To wet with dew or as with dew; to bedew; to moisten; as with dew.

The grasses grew A little ranker since they dewed them so.
--A. B. Saxton.


Dew \Dew\, a. & n. Same as Due, or Duty. [Obs.]


Dew \Dew\ (d[=u]), n. [AS. de['a]w; akin to D. dauw, G. thau, tau, Icel. d["o]gg, Sw. dagg, Dan. dug; cf. Skr. dhav, dh[=a]v, to flow. [root]72. Cf. Dag dew.]

  1. Moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces, particularly at night.

    Her tears fell with the dews at even.

  2. Figuratively, anything which falls lightly and in a refreshing manner. ``The golden dew of sleep.''

  3. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigor. ``The dew of his youth.''

    Note: Dew is used in combination; as, dew-bespangled, dew-drenched, dewdrop, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English deaw, from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz (cognates: Old Saxon dau, Old Frisian daw, Middle Dutch dau, Old High German tau, German Tau, Old Norse dögg "dew"), from PIE root *dheu- (2) "to flow" (cognates: Sanskrit dhavate "flows, runs").


n. 1 (context uncountable English) moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops. 2 (context countable but see usage notes English) an instance of a such moisture settling on plants, etc. 3 (context uncountable English) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces. 4 (context figurative English) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner. 5 An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour. vb. To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.


n. water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight from water vapor in the air; "in the morning the grass was wet with dew"

Dew (disambiguation)

Dew is the condensation of atmospheric water vapor into droplets.

  • Dew point is the air temperature at which dew will form.
  • Dew point depression is an atmospheric weather term in meteorology.
  • Dew pond, artificial pond for watering livestock

Dew, Dewe, Dews or Dewes can also refer to:

Usage examples of "dew".

Like a glow-worm golden In a dell of dew, Scattering unbeholden Its aereal hue Among the flowers and grass, which screen it from the view!

Although Lady Dew did not seem too perturbed, Cyclamen was irritatingly aflutter, asking all sorts of broken questions which Melrose finally had to cut across.

Her diamond aigrette meets our view, She looks like a glow-worm dressed out, Or tulips bespangled with dew.

If, as has chanced to others--as chanced, for example, to Mangan-- outcast from home, health and hope, with a charred past and a bleared future, an anchorite without detachment and self-cloistered without self-sufficingness, deposed from a world which he had not abdicated, pierced with thorns which formed no crown, a poet hopeless of the bays and a martyr hopeless of the palm, a land cursed against the dews of love, an exile banned and proscribed even from the innocent arms of childhood--he were burning helpless at the stake of his unquenchable heart, then he might have been inconsolable, then might he have cast the gorge at life, then have cowered in the darkening chamber of his being, tapestried with mouldering hopes, and hearkened to the winds that swept across the illimitable wastes of death.

Dew lay heavy on the grass, as the dainty heels of my captresses testified, yet they trod lightly upon daisies wide-open to the blue sky, while daffadowndillies stooped in a silence broken only by their laughter.

He was dressed and pacing the garden in the dew, when Davina looked out of her bedroom window and saw him.

Inebriate of air am I, And debauchee of dew, Reeling, through endless summer days, From inns of molten blue.

Droops in the smile of the waning moon, When it scatters through an April night The frozen dews of wrinkling blight.

PURGANAX: Gentlemen Boars, I move a resolution, That her most sacred Majesty should be Invited to attend the feast of Famine, And to receive upon her chaste white body Dews of Apotheosis from this BAG.

Or the dews fall, or the angry sun look down With poisoned light--Famine, and Pestilence, And Panic, shall wage war upon our side!

No leaf will be shaken Whilst the dews of your melody scatter Delight.

To feed with kindliest dews its favourite flower, That blooms in mossy banks and darksome glens, Lighting the greenwood with its sunny smile.

With budding, fading, faded flowers, They stand the wonder of the bowers From morn to evening dews, He told of the Magnolia, spread High as a cloud, high over head!

The sweet dews to feed thee, the soft wind to cheer, And the earth as a pleasant home, while thou art dwelling here.

Where her feet, rosy as a shell, have grazed The freshened grass, a richer emerald glows: Into each flower-cup Her cool dews she distills.