Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat related to a need or desire to drink.
  • n. The desire to drink.
  • n. An insistent desire; a craving: a thirst for knowledge.
  • intransitive v. To feel a need to drink.
  • intransitive v. To have a strong craving; yearn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; — usually with for, of, or after; as, the thirst for gold.
  • v. To desire.
  • v. To be thirsty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Fig.: A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; -- usually with for, of, or after.
  • transitive v. To feel thirst; to experience a painful or uneasy sensation of the throat or fauces, as for want of drink.
  • transitive v. To have a vehement desire.
  • transitive v. To have a thirst for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To experience uncomfortable sensations for want of drink; have desire to drink; be dry.
  • To have a vehement desire; crave.
  • To have a thirst for, literally or figuratively; desire ardently; crave: now usually followed by an infinitive as the object.
  • n. A waterless region.
  • n. A feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat; the uncomfortable sensations arising from the want of fluid nutriment; the uneasiness or suffering occasioned by want of drink; vehement desire for drink.
  • n. Figuratively, an ardent desire for anything; a craving.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a physiological need to drink
  • n. strong desire for something (not food or drink)
  • v. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
  • v. feel the need to drink

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English thurst; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English þurst. (Wiktionary)

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  • lack of knowledge

    July 24, 2009