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dry

play
adjective \ˈdrī\

Definition of dry

drier

also

dryer

play \ˈdrī(-ə)r\;

driest

also

dryest

play \ˈdrī-əst\
  1. 1a :  free or relatively free from a liquid and especially water Mix the dry indgredients first. as dry as a boneb :  not being in or under water happy to be on dry landc meteorology :  lacking precipitation or humidity a dry climate

  2. 2a :  characterized by exhaustion of a supply of liquid a dry wellb geology :  devoid of running water a dry ravinec :  devoid of natural moisture My throat was dry. dry leavesd :  no longer sticky or damp The paint isn't dry yet.e :  not giving milk a dry cowf :  lacking freshness :  staleg chemistry :  anhydrous

  3. 3a :  marked by the absence or scantiness of secretions a dry coughb :  not shedding or accompanied by tears a dry sob

  4. 4 obsolete :  involving no bloodshed or drowning I would fain die a dry death — William Shakespeare

  5. 5a :  marked by the absence of alcoholic beverages a dry partyb :  prohibiting the manufacture or distribution of alcoholic beverages a dry county

  6. 6 :  served or eaten without butter or margarine dry toast

  7. 7 alcohol a :  lacking sweetness :  sec dry champagneb :  having all or most sugar fermented to alcohol a dry wine dry beer

  8. 8a :  solid as opposed to liquid dry groceriesb :  reduced to powder or flakes :  dehydrated dry milk

  9. 9 :  functioning without lubrication a dry clutch

  10. 10 of natural gas :  containing no recoverable hydrocarbon (such as gasoline)

  11. 11 :  requiring no liquid in preparation or operation a dry photocopying process

  12. 12a :  not showing or communicating warmth, enthusiasm, or tender feeling :  severe a dry style of paintingb :  wearisome, uninteresting dry passages of description a dry lecturerc :  lacking embellishment :  plain

  13. 13a :  not yielding what is expected or desired :  unproductive a writer going through a dry spellb :  having no personal bias or emotional concern the dry light of reasonc :  reserved, aloof

  14. 14 :  marked by matter-of-fact, ironic, or terse manner of expression a dry wit has a very dry sense of humor

  15. 15 :  lacking smooth sound qualities a dry rasping voice

  16. 16 :  being a dry run a dry rehearsal

dryish

play \ˈdrī-ish\ adjective

drily

or

dryly

adverb

dryness

noun

Examples of dry in a Sentence

  1. Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the milk and eggs.

  2. the dry heat of the desert

  3. We tried to stay dry in the rain by standing under a tree.

  4. The stream is bone dry.

  5. Are the clothes dry yet?

  6. The paint should be dry in a few hours.

  7. a stretch of dry weather

  8. a country with a very dry climate

  9. This plant does well in dry conditions.

  10. The chicken was dry and tasteless.

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Origin and Etymology of dry

Middle English, from Old English drȳge; akin to Old High German truckan dry, Old English drēahnian to drain

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dry

verb

Definition of dry

dried

;

drying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make dry (see 1dry) drying her hair

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become dry waiting for the paint to dry

dryable

play \ˈdrī-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of dry in a Sentence

  1. I'll wash the dishes if you dry them.

  2. Make sure you dry your hands.

  3. He dried himself with the towel.

  4. Stop crying and dry your eyes.

  5. I'll wash and you dry, okay?

  6. Your shirt is drying on the clothesline.

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Origin and Etymology of dry

see 1dry


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dry

noun

Definition of dry

plural

drys

  1. 1 :  the condition of being dry (see 1dry) :  dryness

  2. 2 :  something dry; especially :  a dry place

  3. 3 :  prohibitionist

Recent Examples of dry from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dry

see 1dry


DRY Defined for English Language Learners

dry

play
adjective

Definition of dry for English Language Learners

  • : having no or very little water or liquid

  • : no longer wet

  • : having no rain or little rain

dry

verb

Definition of dry for English Language Learners

  • : to remove water or moisture from (something or someone) : to make (something or someone) dry

  • : to make plates, dishes, pots, etc., dry by rubbing them with a towel

  • : to become dry


DRY Defined for Kids

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dry

play
adjective \ˈdrī\

Definition of dry for Students

drier

;

driest

  1. 1 :  not wet or moist Are the clothes dry?

  2. 2 :  having little or no rain a dry climate

  3. 3 :  not being in or under water dry land

  4. 4 :  having little natural moisture a dry throat

  5. 5 :  no longer liquid or sticky The paint is dry.

  6. 6 :  containing no liquid a dry creek

  7. 7 :  not giving milk a dry cow

  8. 8 :  not producing desired results a dry spell

  9. 9 :  not producing a wet substance from the body a dry cough dry sobs

  10. 10 :  funny but expressed in a serious way He has a dry sense of humor.

  11. 11 :  uninteresting a dry lecture

  12. 12 :  not sweet dry wines

dryly

or

drily

adverb

dryness

noun

2

dry

play
verb

Definition of dry for Students

dried

;

drying

  1. :  to remove or lose any moisture Help me dry the dishes.


Medical Dictionary

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dry

play
adjective \ˈdrī\

Medical Definition of dry

drier

\ˈdrī(-ə)r\play ;

driest

\ˈdrī-əst\play
  1. 1:  marked by the absence or scantiness of secretions, effusions, or other forms of moisture

  2. 2of a cough :  not accompanied by the raising of mucus or phlegm


2

dry

verb

Medical Definition of dry

dried

;

drying

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make dry

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become dry



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