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dew


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dew  \Dew\,  n.  [AS.  de['a]w;  akin  to  D.  dauw,  G.  thau,  tau,  Icel. 
  d["o]gg,  Sw  dagg,  Dan.  dug;  cf  Skr.  dhav,  dh[=a]v,  to  flow. 
  ???.  Cf  {Dag}  dew.] 
  1.  Moisture  from  the  atmosphere  condensed  by  cool  bodies  upon 
  their  surfaces,  particularly  at  night. 
 
  Her  tears  fell  with  the  dews  at  even  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  Figuratively,  anything  which  falls  lightly  and  in  a 
  refreshing  manner.  ``The  golden  dew  of  sleep.''  --Shak. 
 
  3.  An  emblem  of  morning,  or  fresh  vigor.  ``The  dew  of  his 
  youth.''  --Longfellow. 
 
  Note:  Dew  is  used  in  combination;  as  dew-bespangled, 
  dew-drenched,  dewdrop,  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dew  \Dew\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dewed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Dewing}.] 
  To  wet  with  dew  or  as  with  dew;  to  bedew;  to  moisten;  as  with 
  dew. 
 
  The  grasses  grew  A  little  ranker  since  they  dewed  them 
  so  --A.  B. 
  Saxton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dew  \Dew\,  a.  &  n. 
  Same  as  {Due},  or  {Duty}.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dew 
  n  :  water  that  has  condensed  on  a  cool  surface  overnight  from 
  water  vapor  in  the  air;  "in  the  morning  the  grass  was  wet 
  with  dew" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dew 
  "There  is  no  dew  properly  so  called  in  Palestine,  for  there  is 
  no  moisture  in  the  hot  summer  air  to  be  chilled  into  dew-drops 
  by  the  coldness  of  the  night.  From  May  till  October  rain  is 
  unknown,  the  sun  shining  with  unclouded  brightness  day  after 
  day  The  heat  becomes  intense,  the  ground  hard,  and  vegetation 
  would  perish  but  for  the  moist  west  winds  that  come  each  night 
  from  the  sea.  The  bright  skies  cause  the  heat  of  the  day  to 
  radiate  very  quickly  into  space,  so  that  the  nights  are  as  cold 
  as  the  day  is  the  reverse,  a  peculiarity  of  climate  from  which 
  poor  Jacob  suffered  thousands  of  years  ago  (Gen.  31:40).  To  this 
  coldness  of  the  night  air  the  indispensable  watering  of  all 
  plant-life  is  due.  The  winds,  loaded  with  moisture,  are  robbed 
  of  it  as  they  pass  over  the  land,  the  cold  air  condensing  it 
  into  drops  of  water,  which  fall  in  a  gracious  rain  of  mist  on 
  every  thirsty  blade.  In  the  morning  the  fog  thus  created  rests 
  like  a  sea  over  the  plains,  and  far  up  the  sides  of  the  hills, 
  which  raise  their  heads  above  it  like  so  many  islands.  At 
  sunrise,  however,  the  scene  speedily  changes.  By  the  kindling 
  light  the  mist  is  transformed  into  vast  snow-white  clouds,  which 
  presently  break  into  separate  masses  and  rise  up  the 
  mountain-sides,  to  disappear  in  the  blue  above,  dissipated  by 
  the  increasing  heat.  These  are  'the  morning  clouds  and  the  early 
  dew  that  go  away'  of  which  Hosea  (6:4;  13:3)  speaks  so 
  touchingly"  (Geikie's  The  Holy  Land,  etc.,  i.,  p.  72).  Dew  is  a 
  source  of  great  fertility  (Gen.  27:28;  Deut.  33:13;  Zech.  8:12), 
  and  its  withdrawal  is  regarded  as  a  curse  from  God  (2  Sam.  1:21; 
  1  Kings  17:1).  It  is  the  symbol  of  a  multitude  (2  Sam.  17:12; 
  Ps  110:3);  and  from  its  refreshing  influence  it  is  an  emblem  of 
  brotherly  love  and  harmony  (Ps.  133:3),  and  of  rich  spiritual 
  blessings  (Hos.  14:5). 
 




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