- Moisture from the atmosphere condensed by cool bodies upon their surfaces, particularly at night."Her tears fell with the dews at even." [Tennyson.]
- Figuratively, anything which falls lightly and in a refreshing manner."The golden dewof sleep." [Shak.]
- An emblem of morning, or fresh vigor."The dewof his youth." [Longfellow.]
Note: ☞ Dew is used in combination; as, dew-bespangled, dew-drenched, dewdrop, etc.
Etymology: AS. deáw; akin to D. dauw, G. thau tau, Icel. dögg, Sw. dagg, Dan. dug; cf. Skr. dhav dhāv, to flow. √72. Cf. Dag dew