Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

run dry

Definition of run dry

  1. :  to no longer contain or produce a liquid substance (such as water or oil) <The well has run dry.> —sometimes used figuratively <Her creativity has run dry. She's not been able to produce a new novel in years.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to go faster than a walk

    :  to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step

    :  to move at a fast gallop

  1. :  an act or the action of running :  continued rapid movement

    :  a quickened gallop

    :  a migration of fish (as up or down a river) especially to spawn

  1. :  being in a melted state

    :  made from molten material :  cast in a mold

    :  having made a migration or spawning run

  1. :  free or relatively free from a liquid and especially water

    :  not being in or under water

    :  lacking precipitation or humidity

  1. :  to make dry

    :  to become dry

  1. :  the condition of being dry :  dryness

    :  something dry

    :  a dry place


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up run dry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

of striking ability or excellence

Get Word of the Day daily email!