• WordNet 3.6
    • v thirst have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
    • v thirst feel the need to drink
    • n thirst strong desire for something (not food or drink) "a thirst for knowledge","hunger for affection"
    • n thirst a physiological need to drink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thirst 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 ?""With thirst , with cold, with hunger so confounded."
    • Thirst 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.""The thirst I had of knowledge."
    • Thirst 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."
    • v. t Thirst To have a thirst for. "He seeks his keeper's flesh, and thirsts his blood."
    • Thirst To have a vehement desire. "My soul thirsteth for . . . the living God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thirst A waterless region.
    • n thirst A feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat; the uncomfortable sensations arising from the want of fluid nutriment; the uneasiness or suffering occasioned by want of drink; vehement desire for drink. The sensations of thirst are chiefly referred to the thorax and fauces, but the condition is really one affecting the entire body. The excessive pains of thirst compared with those of hunger are due to the fact that the deprivation of liquids is a condition with which all the tissues sympathize. Every solid and every fluid of the body contains water, and hence abstraction or diminution of the watery constituents is followed by a general depression of the whole system. Thirst is a common symptom of febrile and other diseases. Death from thirst, as of persons in a desert, appears to be invariably preceded by acute mania.
    • n thirst Figuratively, an ardent desire for anything; a craving.
    • thirst To experience uncomfortable sensations for want of drink; have desire to drink; be dry.
    • thirst To have a vehement desire; crave.
    • thirst To have a thirst for, literally or figuratively; desire ardently; crave: now usually followed by an infinitive as the object.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thirst thėrst the uneasiness caused by want of drink: vehement desire for drink: eager desire for anything
    • v.i Thirst to feel thirst: to desire vehemently
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  • L. Schefer
    L. Schefer
    “They make much of our drinking, but never think of our thirst.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “O the joy of the strong-brawn'd fighter, towering in the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent.”
  • Hans Selye
    Hans Selye
    “As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.”
  • Sir William Watson
    Sir William Watson
    “The thirst to know and understand, a large and liberal discontent.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Fame is the thirst of youth.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thirst, þurst, AS. þurst, þyrst,; akin to D. dorst, OS. thurst, G. durst, Icel. þorsti, Sw. & Dan. törst, Goth. þaúrstei, thirst, þaúrsus, dry, withered, þaúrsieþ mik, I thirst, gaþaírsan, to wither, L. torrere, to parch, Gr. te`rsesqai to become dry, tesai`nein to dry up, Skr. tṛsh, to thirst. √54. Cf. Torrid


In literature:

The quantity was but just sufficient to moisten our lips, but not to quench our thirst.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Just take a little now and then when you feel overcome with thirst.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Though their thirst was great they were able to eat the dates, and felt much revived.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
We all felt ravenously hungry, and were burning with thirst.
"Saved from the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
I let none escape: I had them all in their turns, and glutted my thirst for revenge.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
But this thirst is not the effect of heat, as fever thirst is.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
We've got this thirst to stand ... and it's a good deal, isn't it?
"Play the Game!" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
The blood mounted uncomfortably into her tired face, and made her conscious of the heat of the day, and of a burning thirst.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
He had thirsted for knowledge.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Those only who have endured thirst know the intensity of the suffering it causes.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Father, in the dark I lay,
Thirsting for the light,
Helpless, but for hope alway
In thy father-might.
"Hymn For A Sick Girl" by George MacDonald
"Not my thirst alone it stilled
But my soul it stayed;
And my heart, with gladness filled,
Wept and laughed and prayed!
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Not now the human eye is fierce
With cruel thirst of gore;
Not now the angry spear doth pierce
The bosom. Such are o'er.
"The Millennium" by James Avis Bartley
And blessed aye the fainting heart
For such a thirst shall be—
Yet never a word they spoke, and looked
Upon the bitter sea.
"Parted" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
"Ah me! the awful fight with death;
The hours to hang and die;
The thirsting gasp for common breath,
That passes heedless by!"
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
And lo the lark that lately sang
And filled my thirsting heart with mirth.
Now died away, instead there rang
The sweetest melodies on Earth,
A maiden's music filled the air
And floated lingering everywhere.
"A Girl Sang" by R S Ward

In news:

California's thirst for Delta water is increasing at a time when the Delta's health is failing.
Thus the devotional thought focuses on two verses where Jesus referred to the spiritual thirst all humans have.
Thirst appeared at the NBA All-Star weekend and he's got his own Web site (
Thirst for knowledge motivated longtime Allegan District Library librarian.
Thirst for knowledge .
'An Unquenchable Thirst' by Mary Johnson.
If I had a personal list of the best books of 2011, An Unquenchable Thirst would be on it.
Investors Have A Big Thirst For Water.
A growing chorus of pundits thirsts for vengeance against Penn State.
Courteney Cox plays an editor with a thirst for gossip -- and a knack for generating her own.
Hurricane Issac did most of its damage in the south and left Ohio still thirsting for water over the weekend.
Easing southern Asia's powerful thirst.
Kovalchuk thirsts for first crown.
Like a thirst-stricken man in the desert, our colleges are desperate for every drop of money they receive from student loans.
To survive , they must endure constant 90 percent humidity, avoid starvation, battle thirst, guard against fungus and bacteria, and stay sane enough to safely do the work necessary to aid their own rescue.

In science:

The thirst step aims at reaching high diagnosis ability: this characteristic of the performed test can be evaluated by means of the size of the equivalent fault classes .
Testing Logic Cores using a BIST P1500 Compliant Approach: A Case of Study