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Definitions of dry

  1. become dry or drier; " The laundry dries in the sun"
  2. a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
  3. practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages; " he's been dry for ten years"; " no thank you; I happen to be teetotal"
  4. lacking warmth or emotional involvement; " a dry greeting"; " a dry reading of the lines"; " a dry critique"
  5. having a large proportion of strong liquor; " a very dry martini is almost straight gin"
  6. without a mucous or watery discharge; " a dry cough"; " that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"
  7. humorously sarcastic or mocking; " dry humor"; " an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; " an ironic novel"; " an ironical smile"; " with a wry Scottish wit"
  8. suffering from fluid deprivation; " his mouth was dry"
  9. having no adornment or coloration; " dry facts"; " rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
  10. not producing milk; " a dry cow"
  11. used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones; " dry weight"
  12. remove the moisture from and make dry; " dry clothes"; " dry hair"
  13. lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless; " a dry book"; " a dry lecture filled with trivial details"; " dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to... life"- John Mason Brown
  14. ( of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish; " dry toast"; " dry meat"
  15. unproductive especially of the expected results; " a dry run"; " a mind dry of new ideas"
  16. ( of wines) not sweet because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation; " a dry white burgundy"
  17. not shedding tears; " dry sobs"; " with dry eyes"
  18. free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; " dry land"; " dry clothes"; " a dry climate"; " dry splintery boards"; " a dry river bed"; " the paint is dry"
  19. opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages; " the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; " a dry state"
  20. Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
  21. Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
  22. Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
  23. Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
  24. Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
  25. Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain.
  26. Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit.
  27. Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring.
  28. To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet cloth; to dry hay.
  29. To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.
  30. To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.
  31. Free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid; not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; - said especially: ( a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist.
  32. Free from moisture or wetness; not yielding juices; without interest; unintentionally humorous or quaint; without sweetness or fruity flavor; thirsty; solid, as opposed to liquid; as, dry measure.
  33. To free from moisture or juice; stop the flow of; parch.
  34. To lose or be deprived of moisture.
  35. Dryly, drily.
  36. Dryness.
  37. Drier.
  38. Driest.
  39. Free from moisture: deficient in moisture: without sap: not green: not giving milk: thirsty: uninteresting: frigid, precise.
  40. To free from water or moisture: to exhaust.
  41. To become dry: to become free from juice: to evaporate entirely:- pr. p. drying; pa. p. dried'.
  42. Thirsty.
  43. Dryly.
  44. To make dry.
  45. Without moisture; without rain; not giving milk; uninteresting; precise; sarcastic.
  46. To make or become dry; evaporate; wither; often followed by up.
  47. Lacking moisture; not fresh; not green.
  48. Lacking interest; lifeless; dull.
  49. Slyly jocose or satirical.
  50. Destitute of moisture; free from rain or mist; free from juice, sap, oraqueous matter; without tears; not giving milk; thirsty; jejune; without interest; severe; sarcastic; formally cold or precise; sharply or frigidly precise in execution, or wanting a delicate contour in form.
  51. To free from or deprive of water or moisture; to deprive of natural juice, sap, or greenness; to scorch or parch with thirst; to drain; to exhaust.
  52. To grow dry; to evaporate wholly; to be exhaled. To dry up, to deprive wholly of water; to wither; to suspend talking for want of matter.
  53. Free from water or moisture; not rainy not juicy; arid; thirsty; barren; void of interest, as applied to persons; sarcastic; severe; humorous.
  54. To free from water or moisture, as by wiping; to lose moisture.
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Usage examples for dry

  1. " Dry your tears, Dorothy," he said kindly, " and we will walk along. – Dorothy Dale at Glenwood School by Margaret Penrose
  2. It was dry work for Cleve. – The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  3. Some were dry and dead. – The Blue Envelope by Roy J. Snell
  4. Here he took off his clothes and spread them in the sun to dry. – American Prisoners of the Revolution by Danske Dandridge
  5. Joe laughed too, as he went off to get on some dry clothes. – Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad by Various
  6. I'm afraid they'll never be dry enough for you to put on the first thing in the morning. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  7. I'm not hungry, Moira said, and I think my clothes are practically dry. – The Lost Valley by J. M. Walsh
  8. " No," answered Nasmyth, with a dry smile. – The Greater Power by Harold Bindloss W. Herbert Dunton
  9. Dry your eyes and come to the table. – A Bachelor's Dream by Mrs. Hungerford
  10. " It's not a joke," he said, and his mouth was dry. – No Man's Land by H. C. McNeile
  11. You run back to the house and help your mother get the dry clothes ready for me." – Short Cruises by W.W. Jacobs
  12. I thought this would happen after the spring started to go dry. – Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's by Laura Lee Hope
  13. That was long enough to see a faint, fine mist of dry ice snow falling. – Let'em Breathe Space by Lester del Rey
  14. Then I remembered that we were living on dry biltongue, and would be nothing the worse of a change. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  15. The King replied by a dry " yes," and in a rather low tone, but which was heard by the four or five people on each side of him, and the Regent immediately announced the marriage. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  16. " Made good that time, Jones," said the colonel with a dry grin as the sergeant- major came forward. – The Kangaroo Marines by R. W. Campbell
  17. You say the camp has already gone dry? – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde
  18. That name isn't dry yet! – The Enchanted Canyon by Honoré Willsie Morrow
  19. Come in and dry your feet. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  20. Well, well, he would dry her tears. – The Mayor of Troy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
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