from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The formation of dew.
- n. The time of evening when dew begins to form.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The forming of dew.
- n. The time when dew begins to form.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The falling of dew; the time when dew begins to fall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The falling of dew; a fall of dew.
- n. The time when dew begins to fall; early evening.
We should also note the fact that the dewfall is a concomitant of cloudless skies.
When a priest prays over the Holy Communion bread and wine, he will ask God for blessings "by sending down your spirit upon them like the dewfall."
In the revised version, he will instead say: "Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall."
The dewfall has laid a faint silver over the grasses and the only sound to be heard is the tranquil background murmur of the sea.
It carries me back to Cornish holidays in childhood; it always felt slightly autumnal there, even in high summer there was that yellow intensity to the sun and that sharp odour in the air, and the heavy, heavy dewfall each night.
The dewfall-hawk comes crossing the shades to alight
Rain, exposure at dewfall on the searocks, a peccadillo at my time of life.
With a touch imperceptible as dewfall, she touched her brother's mind and sharpened his inner longing with restlessness.
Cool though the night air was they slept soundly and comfortably in the open and awoke a few hours later with the light dewfall feeling refreshed but hungry.
Many species of insects are most active after dewfall, -- such, especially, as spend a great portion of their lifetime in the air.