1. a physiological need to drink;
[syn: thirst, thirstiness]
2. strong desire for something (not food or drink);
- Example: "a thirst for knowledge"
- Example: "hunger for affection"
[syn: hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness]
1. feel the need to drink;
2. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for;
[syn: crave, hunger, thirst, starve, lust]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Thirst \Thirst\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thirsted; p. pr. & vb. n. Thirsting.] [AS. [thorn]yrstan. See Thirst, n.] 1. To feel thirst; to experience a painful or uneasy sensation of the throat or fauces, as for want of drink. [1913 Webster] The people thirsted there for water. --Ex. xvii. 3. [1913 Webster] 2. To have a vehement desire. [1913 Webster] My soul thirsteth for . . . the living God. --Ps. xlii. 2. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Thirst \Thirst\ (th[~e]rst), n. [OE. thirst, [thorn]urst, AS. [thorn]urst, [thorn]yrst; akin to D. dorst, OS. thurst, G. durst, Icel. [thorn]orsti, Sw. & Dan. t["o]rst, Goth. [thorn]a['u]rstei thirst, [thorn]a['u]rsus dry, withered, [thorn]a['u]rsie[thorn] mik I thirst, ga[thorn]a['i]rsan to wither, L. torrere to parch, Gr. te`rsesqai to become dry, tesai`nein to dry up, Skr. t[.r]sh to thirst. [root]54. Cf. Torrid.] 1. A sensation of dryness in the throat associated with a craving for liquids, produced by deprivation of drink, or by some other cause (as fear, excitement, etc.) which arrests the secretion of the pharyngeal mucous membrane; hence, the condition producing this sensation. [1913 Webster] Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, and our children . . . with thirst? --Ex. xvii. 3. [1913 Webster] With thirst, with cold, with hunger so confounded. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; -- usually with for, of, or after; as, the thirst for gold. "Thirst of worldy good." --Fairfax. "The thirst I had of knowledge." --Milton. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Thirst \Thirst\, v. t. To have a thirst for. [R.] [1913 Webster] He seeks his keeper's flesh, and thirsts his blood. --Prior. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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