\ ˈdü also ˈdyü How to pronounce dew (audio) \

Definition of dew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 meteorology : moisture condensed upon the surfaces of cool bodies especially at night wet with morning dew
2 : something resembling dew in purity, freshness, or power to refresh … the golden dew of sleep …— William Shakespeare
3 : moisture especially when appearing in minute droplets: such as
a : tears
b : sweat
c botany : droplets of water produced by a plant in transpiration

Definition of DEW (Entry 2 of 2)

distant early warning

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Other Words from dew


dew transitive verb
dewless \ -​ləs How to pronounce dewless (audio) \ adjective

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This is a deposit of water droplets formed at night by the condensation of water vapor from the air onto the surfaces of exposed objects. Dew forms on clear nights, when exposed surfaces lose heat by radiation and are thus usually colder than the air. The cold surface cools the air in its vicinity, and, if the air is humid enough, it may cool below its dew point, the temperature at which water vapor condenses out of the air onto the surface.

Examples of dew in a Sentence


The grass was wet with the morning dew.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

White Anemone japonica dapple Achnaterum brachytrichum, an ethereal plume whose downy flower heads, Mr. Quibel noted, glitter in the early morning dew. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "Fall’s Best Blade Plans," 5 Oct. 2018 In reality, the club also uses the structure to shade the grass after applying fertilizer, keep dew off the seats and shield maintenance work. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018 Avoid mildew by harvesting on a dry, sunny day after the dew has dried but before the sun is blazing. Therese Ciesinski, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Lavender Anywhere — Even Indoors," 9 Aug. 2018 If the rocket launch is scheduled in the early morning, dew can form on the lens and fog the image. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "How To Photograph a Rocket Launch," 6 July 2018 Continental-source high pressure brought very dry, low-dew-point air to the region over the weekend. Tom Skilling,, "Clouds to return as heat, humidity levels rise," 8 July 2018 Keep the lens warm If the rocket launch is scheduled in the early morning, dew can form on the lens and fog the image. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, "How To Photograph a Rocket Launch," 6 July 2018 An influx of warmth and high dew-point air ahead of this disturbance will help fuel storms across the entire area Tuesday and Tuesday evening. Tom Skilling,, "Pleasant Monday belies impending storm threat," 25 June 2018 On the same day, Cato issued a recall of fresh cut watermelon, honey dew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons produced at its Indianapolis facility. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Tainted melons trigger 3 salmonella lawsuits in Midwest," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of dew


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dew


Middle English, from Old English dēaw; akin to Old High German tou dew, Greek thein to run

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English Language Learners Definition of dew

: drops of water that form outside at night on grass, trees, etc.


\ ˈdü How to pronounce dew (audio) , ˈdyü\

Kids Definition of dew

: moisture that collects on cool surfaces at night

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