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thirst

THIRST, n. thurst. [L. torreo.]

1. A painful sensation of the throat or fauces, occasioned by the want of drink.

Wherefore is it that thou hast brought us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? Ex.17.

2. A vehement desire of drink. Ps.104.

3. A want and eager desire after any thing.

Thirst of worldly good.

Thirst of knowledge.

Thirst of praise.

Thirst after happiness.

But for is now more generally used after thirst; as a thirst for worldly honors; a thirst for praise.

4. Dryness; drouth.

The rapid current, through veins

Of porous earth with kindly thirst updrawn,

Rose a fresh fountain--

THIRST, v.i. thurst.

1. To experience a painful sensation of the throat or fauces for want of drink.

The people thirsted there for water. Ex.17.

2. To have a vehement desire for any thing.

My soul thirsteth for the living God. Ps.42.

THIRST,v.t. To want to drink; as, to thirst blood. [Not English.]




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THIRST, n. thurst. [L. torreo.]

1. A painful sensation of the throat or fauces, occasioned by the want of drink.

Wherefore is it that thou hast brought us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? Ex.17.

2. A vehement desire of drink. Ps.104.

3. A want and eager desire after any thing.

Thirst of worldly good.

Thirst of knowledge.

Thirst of praise.

Thirst after happiness.

But for is now more generally used after thirst; as a thirst for worldly honors; a thirst for praise.

4. Dryness; drouth.

The rapid current, through veins

Of porous earth with kindly thirst updrawn,

Rose a fresh fountain--

THIRST, v.i. thurst.

1. To experience a painful sensation of the throat or fauces for want of drink.

The people thirsted there for water. Ex.17.

2. To have a vehement desire for any thing.

My soul thirsteth for the living God. Ps.42.

THIRST,v.t. To want to drink; as, to thirst blood. [Not English.]


THIRST, n. [thurst; Sax. thurst, thyrst; G. durst; D. dorst; Sw. törst; Dan. törst, from tör, dry; törrer, to dry, D. dorren, L. torreo, Sw. torka.]

  1. A painful sensation of the throat or fauces, occasioned by the want of drink. Wherefore is it that thou hast brought us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? Exod. xvii.
  2. A vehement desire of drink. Ps. civ.
  3. A want and eager desire after any thing. Thirst of worldly good. Fairfax. Thirst of knowledge. Milton. Thirst of praise. Granville. Thirst after happiness. Cheyne. But for is now more generally used after thirst; as, a thirst or worldly honors; a thirst for praise.
  4. Dryness; drouth. The rapid current, through veins / Of porous earth with kindly thirst updrawn, / Rose a fresh fountain. Milton.

THIRST, v.i. [thurst; Sax. thyrstan; D. dorsten; G. dursten; Sw. törsta; Dan. törster.]

  1. To experience a painful sensation of the throat or fauces, for want of drink. The people thirsted there for water. Exod. xvii.
  2. To have a vehement desire for any thing. My soul thirsteth for the living God. Ps. xlii.

THIRST, v.t.

To want to drink; as, to thirst blood. [Not English.] Prior.


Thirst
  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. To feel thirst; to experience a painful or uneasy sensation of the throat or fauces, as for want of drink.

    The people thirsted there for water. Ex. xvii. 3.

  3. To have a thirst for.

    [R.]

    He seeks his keeper's flesh, and thirsts his blood. Prior.

  4. 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.
  5. To have a vehement desire.

    My soul thirsteth for . . . the living God. Ps. xlii. 2.

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Thirst

THIRST, noun thurst. [Latin torreo.]

1. A painful sensation of the throat or fauces, occasioned by the want of drink.

Wherefore is it that thou hast brought us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? Exodus 17:3.

2. A vehement desire of drink. Psalms 104:11.

3. A want and eager desire after any thing.

THIRST of worldly good.

THIRST of knowledge.

THIRST of praise.

THIRST after happiness.

But for is now more generally used after thirst; as a thirst for worldly honors; a thirst for praise.

4. Dryness; drouth.

The rapid current, through veins

Of porous earth with kindly thirst updrawn,

Rose a fresh fountain--

THIRST, verb intransitive thurst.

1. To experience a painful sensation of the throat or fauces for want of drink.

The people thirsted there for water. Exodus 17:3.

2. To have a vehement desire for any thing.

My soul thirsteth for the living God. Psalms 42:2.

THIRST, verb intransitive To want to drink; as, to thirst blood. [Not English.]

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