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dew 1

Pronunciation: /d(y)o͞o/

noun

1Tiny drops of water that form on cool surfaces at night, when atmospheric vapor condenses: the grass was wet with dew [in singular]: a cold, heavy dew dripped from the leaves
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  • Adults feed on water drops or dew and are short-lived.
  • When our second child was on the way, we purchased a house that was warmer, but sat above a basement that filled with water after every heavy dew.
  • Most manufacturers recommend that at least two hours be allowed for paint to dry before sunset if cool temperatures and heavy dew are expected that evening.
1.1 [in singular] A beaded or glistening liquid resembling dew: her body had broken out in a fine dew of perspiration
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  • A fine dew of perspiration stood out on her cheeks and forehead.
  • ‘What I'm meaning to say’, she began, the dew of tears rimming her eyes, ‘is that I went to the docks and your Dad wasn't there.’

verb

[with object]
Wet (a part of someone’s body) with a beaded or glistening liquid: sweat dewed her lashes
More example sentences
  • The light rain had long since finished, damping its cold wet tears on the land below, which was dewed with dots of small wet and cold beads.
  • Her hair flew along the current of the wind, her long pretty lashes dewed with tears.
  • This afternoon, my skin dewed with a thin sheen of glistening fresh sweat, something snapped.

Origin

Old English dēaw, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dauw and German Tau (noun), tauen (verb).

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DEW 2

abbreviation

Distant early warning.

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