dew (d, dy)
1. Water droplets condensed from the air, usually at night, onto cool surfaces.
2. Something moist, fresh, pure, or renewing: "The timely dew of sleep / ... inclines / Our eye-lids" (John Milton).
3. Moisture, as in the form of tears or perspiration, that appears in small drops.
tr.v. dewed, dew·ing, dews
To wet with or as if with dew.
[Middle English deu, from Old English dēaw; see dheu-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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