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: dry to such a degree that no further moisture is given up on exposure to air


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air-dried; air-drying; air-dries

transitive verb

: to dry by exposure to air

intransitive verb

: to become dry by exposure to air

Examples of air-dry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Always remove the battery packs first, run them on a gentle cycle, and allow them to air-dry completely before your put the batteries back in. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 6 Nov. 2023 Like other wearable pumps, it’s also recommended to air-dry each individual part between pumping sessions in order to achieve proper seal and suction. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 12 Oct. 2023 Instead, air-dry these types of items on an indoor drying rack or an old-fashioned outdoor clothesline. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2023 According to 14th Night, shake the bottle before smoothing four to eight drops into wet hair from mid-lengths to ends, then air-dry or heat-style. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2023 However, this pottery kit brings the studio to the ceramics enthusiast and allows pieces to air-dry for immediate use without needing to fire them up. Nykia Spradley, Glamour, 20 Sep. 2023 Broadly speaking, the best way to dry your wool socks is to air-dry them inside-out. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 15 Sep. 2023 Hair in various stages of air-dry, not a glossy hot-roller curl for miles. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 Think of it like letting your hair air-dry for a while, then blasting it with a hair dryer. Matt Simon, WIRED, 23 Aug. 2023
Be sure to air-dry the topper before making your bed. Women's Health, 23 Feb. 2023 The piece consists of 38 small sculptures, each on its own shelf, each sculpted out of air-dry clay. Robert Boyd, Chron, 22 Feb. 2023 To refresh outdoor mats, hose them off, then air-dry. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 18 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1846, in the meaning defined above


1886, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of air-dry was in 1846

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“Air-dry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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