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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Thirst  \Thirst\,  n.  [OE.  thirst,  [thorn]urst,  AS  [thorn]urst, 
  [thorn]yrst;  akin  to  D.  dorst,  OS  thurst,  G.  durst,  Icel. 
  [thorn]orsti,  Sw  &  Dan.  t["o]rst,  Goth.  [thorn]a['u]rstei 
  thirst,  [thorn]a['u]rsus  dry,  withered, 
  [thorn]a['u]rsie[thorn]  mik  I  thirst,  ga[thorn]a['i]rsan  to 
  wither,  L.  torrere  to  parch,  Gr  te`rsesqai  to  become  dry, 
  tesai`nein  to  dry  up  Skr.  t[.r]sh  to  thirst.  [root]54.  Cf 
  1.  A  sensation  of  dryness  in  the  throat  associated  with  a 
  craving  for  liquids,  produced  by  deprivation  of  drink,  or 
  by  some  other  cause  (as  fear,  excitement,  etc.)  which 
  arrests  the  secretion  of  the  pharyngeal  mucous  membrane; 
  hence  the  condition  producing  this  sensation. 
  Wherefore  is  this  that  thou  hast  brought  us  up  out 
  of  Egypt,  to  kill  us  and  our  children  .  .  .  with 
  thirst?  --Ex.  xvii.  3. 
  With  thirst,  with  cold,  with  hunger  so  confounded. 
  2.  Fig.:  A  want  and  eager  desire  after  anything  a  craving  or 
  longing;  --  usually  with  for  of  or  after  as  the  thirst 
  for  gold.  ``Thirst  of  worldy  good.''  --Fairfax.  ``The 
  thirst  I  had  of  knowledge.''  --Milton. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Thirst  \Thirst\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Thirsted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Thirsting}.]  [AS.  [thorn]yrstan.  See  {Thirst},  n.] 
  1.  To  feel  thirst;  to  experience  a  painful  or  uneasy 
  sensation  of  the  throat  or  fauces,  as  for  want  of  drink. 
  The  people  thirsted  there  for  water.  --Ex.  xvii.  3. 
  2.  To  have  a  vehement  desire. 
  My  soul  thirsteth  for  .  .  .  the  living  God.  --Ps. 
  xlii  2. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Thirst  \Thirst\,  v.  t. 
  To  have  a  thirst  for  [R.] 
  He  seeks  his  keeper's  flesh,  and  thirsts  his  blood. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  physiological  need  to  drink 
  2:  strong  desire  for  something  (not  food  or  drink):  "a  thirst 
  for  knowledge";  "hunger  for  affection"  [syn:  {hunger}] 
  v  1:  feel  the  need  to  drink 
  2:  have  a  craving,  appetite,  or  great  desire  for  [syn:  {crave}, 
  {hunger},  {starve},  {lust}] 

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