Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat related to a need or desire to drink.
  • noun The desire to drink.
  • noun An insistent desire; a craving.
  • intransitive verb To feel a need to drink.
  • intransitive verb To have a strong craving; yearn.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Figuratively, an ardent desire for anything; a craving.
  • noun A waterless region.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English thurst; see ters- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English þurst.

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