Thirst

Definition of Thirst

Pronunciation: thẽrst
n.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.
Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, and our children . . . with thirst?
- Ex. xvii. 3.
With thirst, with cold, with hunger so confounded.
- Chaucer.
2.Fig.: A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; - usually with for, of, or after; as, the thirst for gold.
v. t.1.To feel thirst; to experience a painful or uneasy sensation of the throat or fauces, as for want of drink.
[imp. & p. p. Thirsted; p. pr. & vb. n. Thirsting.]
The people thirsted there for water.
- Ex. xvii. 3.
2.To have a vehement desire.
My soul thirsteth for . . . the living God.
- Ps. xlii. 2.
1.To have a thirst for.
He seeks his keeper's flesh, and thirsts his blood.
- Prior.

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