dew

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English dēaw (dew), from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz, *dawwą (dew, moisture), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- (to run, flow). Cognate with West Frisian dau, North Frisian dauw (dew), Dutch dauw (dew), Low German Dau, German Tau (dew), Danish dug (dew), Swedish dagg (dew), Icelandic dögg (dew) and Faroese døgg (dew), Ancient Greek θέω (théō, run, verb), Persian دویدن (davidan, run, verb), Albanian dejë (spot where the snow thaws), Sanskrit धावति (dhāvati, run, flow, move).

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Noun[edit]

dew (countable and uncountable, plural dews)

  1. (uncountable) moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
  2. (countable, but see usage notes) an instance of a such moisture settling on plants, etc.
    There was a heavy dew this morning.
  3. (uncountable) Any moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces.
  4. (figuratively) Anything that falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
    • Shakespeare
      The golden dew of sleep.
  5. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigour.
    • Longfellow
      The dew of his youth.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although the countable sense is still used, the plural form is now archaic or poetic only.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (moisture settling on plants): rore (obsolete)

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Verb[edit]

dew (third-person singular simple present dews, present participle dewing, simple past and past participle dewed)

  1. To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.
    • A. B. Saxton
      The grasses grew / A little ranker since they dewed them so.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From adéu.

Interjection[edit]

dew

  1. (Internet slang) bye

Cornish[edit]

Cornish cardinal numbers
 <  1 2 3  > 
    Cardinal : dew

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *dwau, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.

Numeral[edit]

dew

  1. (cardinal) two

See also[edit]

  • (cardinal number): Previous: onan. Next: tri

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

dew

  1. Mutated form of tew.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tew dew nhew thew

Zazaki[edit]

Noun[edit]

dew

  1. village

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