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.
to wet with or as with dew.
- dewless, adjective
- un·dewed, adjective
Other definitions for DEW (2 of 2)
distant early warning.
- Compare DEW line.
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How to use dew in a sentence
When it reaches a certain temperature — known as the dew point — any excess moisture will condense out onto surfaces, such as leaves.
It was during a weekend, on a morning when the streets were still vacant and the dew was patterned and crisp across the neighborhood fences.
A station plot The basic station plot shows temperature, dew point, wind direction, wind speed, cloud cover, precipitation, and air pressure, which are all measured at weather stations around the globe.
On those monstrous afternoons where the dew point is in the mid-70s, covering your airways while running really doesn’t enhance the experience—or it does, depending on what kind of experience you’re looking for.
The Spire, like most fountains, has the basics -- Pepsi, Mountain dew, Sierra Mist, Brisk Iced Tea and SoBe Lifewater.
Cars in the cross alley are covered with a silver glaze of dew.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis | Stanley Booth | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If he gets rid of foam cups, where am I going to put my 32oz Mountain dew?
Mark Cuban Does the Diet dew Would you trade a private island for a pop?Tony Scott’s High-Impact Commercials: BMW, Mountain Dew, Marlboro, Dodge & Others | The Daily Beast Video | August 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But he did not impose a tax or penalty on those who drink Mountain dew, and he would not, because the mere idea is preposterous.
Mary is fair as the morning dew— Cheeks of roses and ribbons of blue!
A present remedy of all is the speedy coming of a cloud, and a dew that meeteth it, by the heat that cometh, shall overpower it.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The falling dew, and the howling wind raised him not from that bed of lonely despair.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
I ain't a gwine ter back daown naow; but I dew jest wish Jeff Hyer wuz along.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Her beauty seemed fresh made; he thought of a wild rose washed by the dew and sparkling in the sunlight.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for dew
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 freshness: the dew of youth
small drops of moisture, such as tears
(tr) poetic to moisten with or as with dew
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Scientific definitions for dew
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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