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[doo, dyoo] /du, dyu/
moisture condensed from the atmosphere, especially at night, and deposited in the form of small drops upon any cool surface.
something like or compared to such drops of moisture, as in purity, delicacy, or refreshing quality.
moisture in small drops on a surface, as tears or perspiration.
verb (used with object)
to wet with or as with dew.
Origin of dew
before 900; Middle English; Old English dēaw; cognate with German Tau, Old Norse dǫgg
Related forms
dewless, adjective
undewed, adjective
Can be confused
dew, do, due.


[doo, dyoo] /du, dyu/
distant early warning.
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Examples from the Web for dew
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  • It was in the shade of the hawthorn-trees that these beautiful sprites feasted on dew, and danced to the music of fairy harps.

    Our Little Irish Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Other beings were formed out of the dew that fell to the ground.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • A little crimson drop sparkled like a speck of dew at one corner of her colourless mouth.

    Clarimonde Thophile Gautier
  • From Hrimfaxe's bit fall the drops that make the dew upon the earth.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • No dew has ever fallen in this footprint, which would go to show it was not here at dawn this morning.

  • There were plenty of gnats and midges about, for by now—even so soon—the dew was dried.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • In fog the dew point is at the surface of the earth; in summer it may be several thousands of feet above.

  • This refreshed them mightily, and they glowed at the mayor's table like roses washed with dew.

    White Lies Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for dew


  1. drops of water condensed on a cool surface, esp at night, from vapour in the air
  2. (in combination): dewdrop
something like or suggestive of this, esp in freshness: the dew of youth
small drops of moisture, such as tears
(transitive) (poetic) to moisten with or as with dew
Word Origin
Old English dēaw; related to Old High German tou dew, Old Norse dögg
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Word Origin and History for dew

Old English deaw, from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz (cf. 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" (cf. Sanskrit dhavate "flows, runs").

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dew in Science
Water droplets condensed from the air, usually at night, onto cool surfaces near the ground. Dew forms when the temperature of the surfaces falls below the dew point of the surrounding air, usually due to radiational cooling. See also frost.
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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