dew

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noun \ˈdü also ˈdyü\

Definition of dew

  1. 1 meteorology :  moisture condensed upon the surfaces of cool bodies especially at night wet with morning dew

  2. 2 :  something resembling dew in purity, freshness, or power to refresh … the golden dew of sleep … — William Shakespeare

  3. 3 :  moisture especially when appearing in minute droplets: such asa :  tearsb :  sweatc botany :  droplets of water produced by a plant in transpiration

dew

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dewless

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Examples of dew in a Sentence

  1. The grass was wet with the morning dew.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of dew

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

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


DEW

abbreviation

Definition of DEW

  1. distant early warning


DEW Defined for English Language Learners

dew

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Definition of dew for English Language Learners

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


DEW Defined for Kids

dew

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noun \ˈdü, ˈdyü\

Definition of dew for Students

  1. :  moisture that collects on cool surfaces at night



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