dew

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noun

ˈdü How to pronounce dew (audio)
 also  ˈdyü
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
dew transitive verb
dewless
ˈdü-ləs How to pronounce dew (audio)
 also  ˈdyü-
adjective

DEW

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abbreviation

distant early warning

Examples of dew in a Sentence

Noun The grass was wet with the morning dew.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Delightfully creamy, this marbled blush imparts a flush of color and gives the cheeks a healthy dew. Tracy Achonwa, Vogue, 26 June 2024 Designs inspired by dew drops on a spider’s web were hand beaded and crocheted and overlayed in situ with a silvery chainmail, then adorned with tear drop pearls or crystals. Alex Wynne, WWD, 3 Sep. 2019 Every year, the town of Kazanlak and its surrounding villages hold a festival where visitors can watch growers picking their roses early in the morning, pulling off the petals before the dew disappears. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 15 Mar. 2024 The two stay there, staring into each other’s eyes in a position of dominance and submission, until Arnold cuts away to a clump of branches dotted with dew, the drops of moisture threatening to drip. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 14 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for dew 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of dew was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dew. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

dew

noun
1
: moisture that collects on the surfaces of cool bodies at night
2
: something resembling dew in purity, freshness, or power to refresh
dewy
ˈd(y)ü-ē
adjective

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