dry


dry
I. adjective (drier; also dryer; driest; also dryest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English drȳge; akin to Old High German truckan dry, Old English drēahnian to drain Date: before 12th century 1. a. free or relatively free from a liquid and especially water b. not being in or under water <
dry land
>
c. lacking precipitation or humidity <
a dry climate
>
2. a. characterized by exhaustion of a supply of liquid <
a dry well
>
b. devoid of running water <
a dry ravine
>
c. devoid of natural moisture <
my throat was dry
>
d. no longer sticky or damp <
the paint is dry
>
e. not giving milk <
a dry cow
>
f. lacking freshness ; stale g. anhydrous 3. a. marked by the absence or scantiness of secretions <
a dry cough
>
b. not shedding or accompanied by tears <
a dry sob
>
4. obsolete involving no bloodshed or drowning <
I would fain die a dry death — Shakespeare
>
5. a. marked by the absence of alcoholic beverages <
a dry party
>
b. prohibiting the manufacture or distribution of alcoholic beverages <
a dry county
>
6. served or eaten without butter or margarine <
dry toast
>
7. a. lacking sweetness ; sec <
dry champagne
>
b. having all or most sugar fermented to alcohol <
a dry wine
>
<
dry beer
>
8. a. solid as opposed to liquid <
dry groceries
>
b. reduced to powder or flakes ; dehydrated <
dry milk
>
9. functioning without lubrication <
a dry clutch
>
10. of natural gas containing no recoverable hydrocarbon (as gasoline) 11. requiring no liquid in preparation or operation <
a dry photocopying process
>
12. a. not showing or communicating warmth, enthusiasm, or tender feeling ; severe <
a dry style of painting
>
b. wearisome, uninteresting <
dry passages of description
>
c. lacking embellishment ; plain <
the dry facts
>
13. a. not yielding what is expected or desired ; unproductive <
a writer going through a dry spell
>
b. having no personal bias or emotional concern <
the dry light of reason
>
c. reserved, aloof 14. marked by matter-of-fact, ironic, or terse manner of expression <
a dry wit
>
15. lacking smooth sound qualities <
a dry rasping voice
>
16. being a dry run <
a dry rehearsal
>
dryish adjectivedrily or dryly adverbdryness noun II. verb (dried; drying) Date: before 12th century transitive verb to make dry intransitive verb to become dry • dryable adjective III. noun (plural drys) Date: 13th century 1. the condition of being dry ; dryness 2. something dry; especially a dry place 3. prohibitionist

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Dry — (dr[imac]), a. [Compar. {Drier}; superl. {Driest}.] [OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dr[ o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. {Drought}, {Drouth}, 3d {Drug}.] 1. Free from moisture; having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry — [ draj ] adj. inv. et n. m. • 1877; mot angl. « sec » ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Sec, en parlant du champagne, du vermouth. ⇒aussi extra dry. 2 ♦ N. m. (1951) Cocktail au gin et au vermouth. ⇒ martini. Des drys ou des dry …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • dry — adj 1 Dry, arid mean devoid of moisture. Dry may suggest freedom from noticeable moisture either as a characteristic or as a desirable state {a dry climate} {1dry clothing} {dry land} {dry provisions} …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • Dry — or dryness may refer to: Lack of water Prohibiting alcohol (see Dry county) Dryness (taste), the lack of sugar in a drink, especially an alcoholic one (not to be confused with the meaning listed above) Dryness (medical) Dryness (drought) Dry… …   Wikipedia

  • Dry — Dry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drying}.] [AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See {Dry}, a.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry up — {v.} 1. To become dry. * /The reservoir dried up during the four month drought./ 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. * /The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office./ 3. {slang} To stop talking. Often used as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dry up — {v.} 1. To become dry. * /The reservoir dried up during the four month drought./ 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. * /The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office./ 3. {slang} To stop talking. Often used as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dry — 〈[ draı] Adj.〉 trocken, herb, ohne Zuckerzusatz (Wein, Sekt) [engl.] * * * dry [dra̮i ] <indekl. Adj.; nachgestellt [engl. dry, verw. mit ↑ trocken]: (von Sekt, Wein o. Ä.) herb, trocken. * * * dry   [draɪ; englisch »trocken«],     …   Universal-Lexikon


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