- 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 dews
The dews are very plentiful, advantageously supplying the place of rain.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
The stains of sordid traffic shall be cleansed by the dews and the rains.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Often the clothes of the workers are quite wet with the early morning dews.The Story of the Cotton Plant
The dampness of the grave-yard clung to me, and the night dews were beginning to fall.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
At present, the dews are descending, and we will return to our divan, and take some coffee.'Alroy
- 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 dews
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.