EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 dew·less, adjective un·dewed, adjective Can be confused dew do due
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Examples from the Web for dews Historical Examples of dews
dews are very plentiful, advantageously supplying the place of rain.
The stains of sordid traffic shall be cleansed by the
dews and the rains.
Often the clothes of the workers are quite wet with the early morning
The dampness of the grave-yard clung to me, and the night
dews were beginning to fall.
At present, the
dews are descending, and we will return to our divan, and take some coffee.' British Dictionary definitions for dews noun 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 verb (tr) poetic to moisten with or as with dew Word Origin for dew
dēaw; related to Old High German tou dew, Old Norse dögg
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Word Origin and History for dews n.
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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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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