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Dew (noun)

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Dew. n.s. [ꝺaƿ, Saxon; daaw, Dutch.] The moisture upon the ground.

Fogs, particularly those which we frequently observe after sun-setting, even in our hottest months, are nothing but a vapour, consisting of water, and of such mineral matter as it meets with in its passage and could well bring up along with it; which vapour was sent up in greater quantity all the foregoing day, than now in the evening: but the sun then being above the horizon, taking it at the surface of the earth, and rapidly mounting it up into the atmosphere, it was not discernible, as now it is; because the sun being now gone off, the vapour stagnates at and near the earth, and saturates the air 'till it is so thick as to be easily visible therein: and when at length the heat there is somewhat further spent, which is usually about the middle of the night, it falls down again in a dew, alighting upon herbs and other vegetables, which it cherishes, cools and refreshes, after the scorching heat of the foregoing day. Woodward's Natural History.

                Never yet one hour in bed
Did I enjoy the golden dew of sleep,
But with his tim'rous dreams was still awak'd.
Shak. R. III.

That churchman bears a bounteous mind, indeed;
A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us;
His dew falls ev'ry where.
Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

                    She looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew.
Shakespeare.

Dews and rain are but the returns of moist vapours condensed. Bacon's Natural History, № 81.

Now sliding streams the thirsty plants renew,
And feed their fibres with reviving dew.
Pope.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71) · Woodward, John (78)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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