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

  • n. Water droplets condensed from the air, usually at night, onto cool surfaces.
  • n. Something moist, fresh, pure, or renewing: "The timely dew of sleep/. . . inclines/Our eye-lids” ( John Milton).
  • n. Moisture, as in the form of tears or perspiration, that appears in small drops.
  • transitive v. To wet with or as if with dew.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. moisture in the air that settles on plants, etc in the morning, resulting in drops.
  • n. an instance of a such moisture settling on plants, etc.
  • v. To wet with, or as if with, dew; to moisten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces, particularly at night.
  • n. Figuratively, anything which falls lightly and in a refreshing manner.
  • n. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigor.
  • transitive v. To wet with dew or as with dew; to bedew; to moisten; as with dew.
  • Same as due, or duty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The aqueous vapor which is deposited from the atmosphere by condensation, especially during the night, in the form of small drops on the surface of bodies.
  • n. Something likened to dew: As falling lightly, or as serving to refresh.
  • n. As suggestive of the morning, and hence of freshness and youth.
  • n. Moisture standing in little drops on anything.
  • To wet with or as if with dew; moisten; bedew.
  • An obsolete spelling of due.

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

  • n. water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight from water vapor in the air

Etymologies

Middle English deu, from Old English dēaw; see dheu-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English dēaw ("dew"), from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz, *dawwan (“dew, moisture”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- (“to run, flow”). Cognate with North Frisian dauw ("dew"), Dutch dauw ("dew"), German Tau ("dew"), Danish dug ("dew"), Swedish dagg ("dew"), Icelandic dögg ("dew") and Faroese døgg ("dew"), Ancient Greek θέω (théō, "run", v), Persian دویدن (davidan, "run", v), Albanian dejë ("spot where the snow thaws"), Sanskrit धावति (dhāvati, "run, flow, move"). (Wiktionary)

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