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Definition of the noun thirst

What does thirst mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: thirsts

  1. a physiological need to drink
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of thirst: thirstiness
    • more generic word: drive = a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
    • more specific words:
  2. strong desire for something (not food or drink)
    • example: a thirst for knowledge
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of thirst: hunger / hungriness / thirstiness
    • more generic word: desire = an inclination to want things

Alternative definition of the noun 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.
  2. [qualifier, figurative] A want and eager desire after anything; a craving or longing; — usually with for, of, or after; as, the thirst for gold.

Specialised definition of the noun thirst

Glossary of sports

a feeling of wanting to drink (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb thirst

What does thirst mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: thirsted | thirsting | thirsts

  1. feel the need to drink
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: ache / hurt / smart = be the source of pain
  2. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Experiencer] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]John oft hankered to move up the corporate ladderVerbs of Desire: ache, crave, fall, hanker, hope, hunger, itch, long, lust, pine, pray, wish, yearn
      [Experiencer] [Verb] for [Theme]Danny longs for a sunny day
      [Experiencer] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]John oft hankered to move up the corporate ladderVerbs of Desire: dangle, hanker, lust, yearn
      [Experiencer] [Verb] after [Theme]Danny yearns after sunny days
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of thirst: crave / hunger / lust / starve
    • more generic words: desire / want = feel or have a desire for

Alternative definition of the verb thirst


  1. To desire.
  2. To be thirsty.


  1. "Thirst" is a 2009 South Korean horror film written, produced and directed by Park Chan-wook. It is loosely based on the novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola. The film tells the story of a Catholic priest—who is in love with his friend’s wife—turning into a vampire through a failed medical experiment. Park has stated, "This film was originally called 'The Bat' to convey a sense of horror. After all, it is about vampires. But it is also more than that.
  2. "Thirst" is a 1949 Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was released as Three Strange Loves in the United Kingdom.
  3. "Thirst" is a 1979 Australian Vampire film by Rod Hardy. It stars Australian actors Chantal Contouri and Max Phipps and British actor David Hemmings. It has been described as a blend of vampire and science fiction genres, influenced by the 1973 film Soylent Green as well as drawing on the vampire folklore of Elizabeth Báthory – one of several vampire films in the 1970s to do so.
  4. "Thirst" is a 2010 Canadian thriller film directed by Jeffrey Lando and starring Lacey Chabert, Tygh Runyan, Mercedes McNab, and Brandon Quinn.
  5. "Thirst" a.k.a. "Pyaas" is a Bollywood film directed by Ram Daryani and released in 1941.
  6. "Thirst" is a 1961 Romanian drama film directed by Mircea Drăgan and Mihai Iacob. It was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Silver Prize.
  7. "Thirst" is a 2014 short drama film written by Michael Albanese, Rachel McDonald and Michael Albanese and directed by Rachel McDonald.
  8. "Thirst" is an Australian desert drama written and directed by Robert Carter, and starring Victoria Haralabidou, Myles Pollard, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence and Tom Green. Thirst is about four individuals who become stranded in the desert with limited water, and are forced to make choices that challenge their ideas of themselves and what they truly need.
  9. "Thirst" a.k.a. "Shame" is a film, directed by Mun-ok Kim.
  10. "Thirst": After one of his daughters "shamed" him, Abu Shukri brought his family to the edge of nowhere, to scratch out a living by burning wood to make charcoal. When he decided that the family would build a pipeline to bring in running water, he set off a chain of events that alters life irrevocably. A masterfully shot tale of repression and control in a harsh landscape that examines the dynamic of power within a family stretched to the breaking point. Working with a cast of first-time actors, director Tawfik Abu Wael crafts a story that is both archetypal and yet deeply rooted in the social conflicts of the Middle East.
  11. "Thirst" is a 1982 film directed by O.P. Ralhan.
  12. "Thirst" is a 1998 film directed by Bill L. Norton.
  13. "Thirst" is a film, directed by Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Documentary film, Political cinema
    • released in (11 years ago)
  14. "THIRST" a.k.a. "T.H.I.R.S.T." is a 2011 animated short film directed by Joel Frenzer.
  15. "Thirst" is a 1997 short documentary film directed by Swadesh Kumar Pathak.


  1. "Thirst" is a book by Shulamith Hareven & Michael Cecilione.
    • genres: Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • subjects: Literature, Classics
    • copyright: 1996-02
  2. "Thirst" is a play by Eugene O'Neill.
    • also known as "Thirst, and other one act plays"; "Thirst: and other one act plays"
    • author: Eugene O'Neill


  1. "Thirst" is the thirteenth studio album by the German thrash metal band Tankard, released on December 22, 2008. The limited edition of this album was sold with a bonus DVD.
    • genre: Thrash metal
    • released on (6 years ago)
  2. "Thirst" is the second studio album by English post-punk band Clock DVA. It was released on 24 January 1981, through record label Fetish. Soon after the album's release, this incarnation of the band would split up, with several members going on to form The Box with singer Peter Hope.
  3. "Thirst" is an album by Randy Stonehill, released in 1998 on Brentwood Music.
    • also known as Thirst (Compassion International version)
    • genres: Rock music, Folk music
    • released in (17 years ago)
  4. "Thirst" is a musical album of Citizen Fish.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  5. "Thirst" is a musical album of Saqqara Dogs.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  6. "Thirst" is a musical album of Jo Yeong-wook.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  7. "Thirst" is a musical album of Salva.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "Thirst" a.k.a. "Thirst!" is a musical album of Willem Breuker Kollektief & Denise Jannah.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  9. "Thirst" is a musical album of Tim Wright.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  10. "Thirst" is a musical single of Cyclamen.


Thirst is a musical group.

  • albums: "Per Aspera Ad Astra", "Ritual for Blood", "...Darkness...", "Holokaust Zniewolonych Mas / Diabolus Perfectus / Raise the Blasphemer"


  1. Thirst is the craving for fluids, resulting in the basic instinct of animals to drink. It is an essential mechanism involved in fluid balance. It arises from a lack of fluids or an increase in the concentration of certain osmolites, such as salt. If the water volume of the body falls below a certain threshold or the osmolite concentration becomes too high, the brain signals thirst.
  2. Thirst is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Thirst

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Nutrition (2012)

by Lindsay H Allen, Andrew Prentice

Thirst is a sensation that is best described as the desire to drink.

Google previewAcid-base Disorders (2001)

by Farokh J. Master

Signs and symptoms Thirst is the earliest symptom of water deficit and occurs when the water loss is equal to about 2% of body weight. This would be about 1400 in a person weighing 70 kg. As extracellular fluid is lost, the osmotic pressure of ...

Google previewThe Ayurveda Encyclopedia (2007)

Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, and Longevity by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha

Sour V- PK+ Physical: Good for the heart, digestion, relieves burning sensations, satiating, moistens, is easily digested, oily, dispels gas, nourishes, relieves thirst, aids circulation, aids all tissues except reproductive, maintains acidity. Mental: ...

Google previewDictionary of Theories, Laws, and Concepts in Psychology (1998)

by Jon E. Roeckelein

THIRST, THEORIES OF. The term thirst may be defined operationally as the internal, ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories (2006)

by J.E. Roeckelein

THIRST, THEORIES OF. The term thirst may be defined operationally as the internal, physiological state that results from ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature (1992)

by David L. Jeffrey

THIRST THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER cumambulated seven times. It was at this solemn moment on the seventh day that Jesus stood up in the temple court to proclaim himself the source of "living water." A third crucial narrative moment comes ...

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Scrabble value of T1H4I1R1S1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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