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English Dictionary: Dew by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
dew
n
  1. water that has condensed on a cool surface overnight from water vapor in the air; "in the morning the grass was wet with dew"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dew \Dew\, n. [AS. de[a0]w; akin to D. dauw, G. thau, tau, Icel.
      d[94]gg, Sw. dagg, Dan. dug; cf. Skr. dhav, dh[be]v, to flow.
      [?][?][?]. Cf. {Dag} dew.]
      1. Moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon
            their surfaces, particularly at night.
  
                     Her tears fell with the dews at even. --Tennyson.
  
      2. Figuratively, anything which falls lightly and in a
            refreshing manner. [bd]The golden dew of sleep.[b8]
            --Shak.
  
      3. An emblem of morning, or fresh vigor. [bd]The dew of his
            youth.[b8] --Longfellow.
  
      Note: Dew is used in combination; as, dew-bespangled,
               dew-drenched, dewdrop, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dew \Dew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dewed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Dewing}.]
      To wet with dew or as with dew; to bedew; to moisten; as with
      dew.
  
               The grasses grew A little ranker since they dewed them
               so.                                                         --A. B.
                                                                              Saxton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dew \Dew\, a. & n.
      Same as {Due}, or {Duty}. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   Dew
      "There is no dew properly so called in Palestine, for there is
      no moisture in the hot summer air to be chilled into dew-drops
      by the coldness of the night. From May till October rain is
      unknown, the sun shining with unclouded brightness day after
      day. The heat becomes intense, the ground hard, and vegetation
      would perish but for the moist west winds that come each night
      from the sea. The bright skies cause the heat of the day to
      radiate very quickly into space, so that the nights are as cold
      as the day is the reverse, a peculiarity of climate from which
      poor Jacob suffered thousands of years ago (Gen. 31:40). To this
      coldness of the night air the indispensable watering of all
      plant-life is due. The winds, loaded with moisture, are robbed
      of it as they pass over the land, the cold air condensing it
      into drops of water, which fall in a gracious rain of mist on
      every thirsty blade. In the morning the fog thus created rests
      like a sea over the plains, and far up the sides of the hills,
      which raise their heads above it like so many islands. At
      sunrise, however, the scene speedily changes. By the kindling
      light the mist is transformed into vast snow-white clouds, which
      presently break into separate masses and rise up the
      mountain-sides, to disappear in the blue above, dissipated by
      the increasing heat. These are 'the morning clouds and the early
      dew that go away' of which Hosea (6:4; 13:3) speaks so
      touchingly" (Geikie's The Holy Land, etc., i., p. 72). Dew is a
      source of great fertility (Gen. 27:28; Deut. 33:13; Zech. 8:12),
      and its withdrawal is regarded as a curse from God (2 Sam. 1:21;
      1 Kings 17:1). It is the symbol of a multitude (2 Sam. 17:12;
      Ps. 110:3); and from its refreshing influence it is an emblem of
      brotherly love and harmony (Ps. 133:3), and of rich spiritual
      blessings (Hos. 14:5).
     
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