- 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.
- to wet with or as with dew.
Origin of dew
Examples from the Web for dewed
She spoke with broken voice, and her dark eyes were dewed by sorrow.Indian Myth and Legend
Donald Alexander Mackenzie
That wreath of roses which thou didst steep within the cup is dewed with deadly bane.Cleopatra
H. Rider Haggard
The pupils of her eyes were mere pin-points now; she shuddered convulsively, and her skin was dewed with perspiration.The Yellow Claw
Dewed down—by chemistry occult fashions petrified waters of worth.Accolon of Gaul
Madison J. Cawein
The king turned pale; Saint-Aignan wiped his forehead, now dewed with perspiration.Ten Years Later
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
- drops of water condensed on a cool surface, esp at night, from vapour in the air
- (in combination)dewdrop
- something like or suggestive of this, esp in freshnessthe dew of youth
- small drops of moisture, such as tears
- (tr) poetic to moisten with or as with dew
Word Origin and History for dewed
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").
- 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.