dry

adjective
\ˈdrī \
drier also dryer\ ˈdrī(-​ə)r \; driest also dryest\ ˈdrī-​əst \

Definition of dry 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : free or relatively free from a liquid and especially water Mix the dry indgredients first. as dry as a bone

b : not being in or under water happy to be on dry land

c meteorology : lacking precipitation or humidity a dry climate

2a : characterized by exhaustion of a supply of liquid a dry well

b geology : devoid of running water a dry ravine

c : devoid of natural moisture My throat was dry. dry leaves

d : no longer sticky or damp The paint isn't dry yet.

e : not giving milk a dry cow

f : lacking freshness : stale

g chemistry : anhydrous

3a : 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— William Shakespeare

5a : 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 alcohol

a : lacking sweetness : sec dry champagne

b : having all or most sugar fermented to alcohol a dry wine dry beer

8a : 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 (such as gasoline)

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

12a : not showing or communicating warmth, enthusiasm, or tender feeling : severe a dry style of painting

b : wearisome, uninteresting dry passages of description a dry lecturer

c : lacking embellishment : plain

13a : 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 has a very dry sense of humor

15 : lacking smooth sound qualities a dry rasping voice

16 : being a dry run a dry rehearsal

dry

verb
dried; drying

Definition of dry (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make dry (see dry entry 1) drying her hair

intransitive verb

: to become dry waiting for the paint to dry

dry

noun
plural drys

Definition of dry (Entry 3 of 3)

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

2 : something dry especially : a dry place

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Other Words from dry

Adjective

dryish \ ˈdrī-​ish \ adjective
dryly also drily adverb
dryness noun

Verb

dryable \ ˈdrī-​ə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of dry in a Sentence

Adjective

Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the milk and eggs. the dry heat of the desert We tried to stay dry in the rain by standing under a tree. The stream is bone dry. Are the clothes dry yet? The paint should be dry in a few hours. a stretch of dry weather a country with a very dry climate This plant does well in dry conditions. The chicken was dry and tasteless.

Verb

I'll wash the dishes if you dry them. Make sure you dry your hands. He dried himself with the towel. Stop crying and dry your eyes. I'll wash and you dry, okay? Your shirt is drying on the clothesline.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Warmer temperatures have caused forests in the western United States to dry out, killing off 129 million trees in California alone, leaving many regions littered in dry fuel. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Deadly wildfires are still threatening Northern and Southern California," 12 Nov. 2018 Designed to save time and prevent extreme heat damage, the various attachments can be used to curl, smooth, rough dry, or add volume to hair. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Is Dyson's New Airwrap Styler Really Worth $500? We Put It to the Test," 15 Oct. 2018 When a similar cap proposal came up in New York City again this year, Uber protested but ultimately kept most of its powder dry. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Scooter companies are trying to rehabilitate their reputations as cities crack down," 23 Aug. 2018 When the creative well runs dry, make silly noises on a boat and hope for the best. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Monsters go on vacation in 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 12 July 2018 His stay with Derby County FC in England had run dry, and nothing presented a more intriguing challenge than a destination 3,000 miles away. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "It’s been a taxing year for Johnny Russell. Sporting KC should proceed with caution," 6 July 2018 The area east of the Dakotas is too developed, and the weather to the west is too dry, Otto said. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America’s bee hot spot," 2 July 2018 Drain the prunes, blot dry with paper towels, chop them, and set aside. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 Really the only good news here is that having atopic dermatitis doesn’t usually translate into a 24/7 battle with dry, itchy, irritated skin. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Causes Eczema, Anyway?," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After hand-washing your swimsuits, hang them to dry instead of putting them in the dryer. Elana Lyn Gross, Cincinnati.com, "15 things you should never put in the washing machine," 5 July 2018 Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hosted the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, which ended up awarding everyone from Laurie Metcalf to Bruce Springsteen — meanwhile, leaving big contenders like Mean Girls out to dry. Allison Crist, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tonys: Robert De Niro's Message to Trump and 9 More Memorable Moments," 10 June 2018 Again, heat and drying conditions spur this process. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Why has Sacramento smelled so bad in recent days? Here are some possible explanations | The Sacramento Bee," 4 May 2018 The unidentified man proceeded to pick dried skin from his feet and drop it onto the plane floor, while on the packed Airbus 320. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "AirAsia passenger caught on video picking dry skin off bare foot and dropping it onto plane floor," 12 July 2018 Take out those Crest White Strips and blow-dry your bangs, it’s reunion season! The Cut, The Cut, "3 Juicy High-School and College Reunion Stories," 12 July 2018 But dried and frozen tart cherries are available year-round. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 Cleanup Detach the tubing from the bottle and the balloon and dry all water spills and materials with a towel or paper towels. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Floating with a Swim Bladder," 5 July 2018 When work is being done on the Kimball Street bridge over the Fox River, there will be lane closures, Pubentz said, because the material used to seal cracks needs eight hours to dry. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin to launch $6.4 million in road repairs and other infrastructure projects," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Less compelling, the al pastor taco was juicy on one day but bone-dry on another visit. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Hidden on Capitol Hill, a Mexican street-food spot draws raves," 23 Oct. 2018 Rather than relying on traditional butters and oils, the formula is filled with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid that locks in moisture and plumps skin...and dries within a minute of being massaged into your hands. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 10 Oct. 2018 Two tips for curly hair: Leave a little bit of conditioner in after rinsing, and never towel-dry. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Beat the Heat! How 6 Models Maintain Their Signature Spirals," 13 Aug. 2018 According to Emmanuel, apply products if your hair feels dry. Janell Hickman, Allure, "How to Regrow Your Hairline When Your Edges Are Literally Snatched," 8 Aug. 2018 Liquor stores’ gin shelves are fuller than ever, with more small producers and styles beyond the familiar London dry. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Classes on Chardonnay, gin coming up at Ray's," 12 June 2018 Brown recluse spiders are found in dry, sheltered areas, such as a under a log or rock. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Brown recluse, black widow and other dangerous spiders found in the US," 10 July 2018 Jen Atkin's beloved Ouai brand has a handful of buzzy new launches, including an air-dry foam that could eliminate your need to pull out the blowdryer once this summer. refinery29.com, "The 15 Best Hair Products To Buy At Sephora This Summer," 18 June 2018 Rinse removable, washable air-conditioning filters well in hot soapy water and air-dry before reinstalling. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Dust and Make Your Home Shine," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dry

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dry

Adjective

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

Verb

see dry entry 1

Noun

see dry entry 1

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More Definitions for dry

dry

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having no or very little water or liquid

: no longer wet

: having no rain or little rain

dry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dry (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

adjective
\ˈdrī \
drier; driest

Kids Definition of dry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not wet or moist Are the clothes dry?

2 : having little or no rain a dry climate

3 : not being in or under water dry land

4 : having little natural moisture a dry throat

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

6 : containing no liquid a dry creek

7 : not giving milk a dry cow

8 : not producing desired results a dry spell

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

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

11 : uninteresting a dry lecture

12 : not sweet dry wines

Other Words from dry

dryly or drily adverb
dryness noun

dry

verb
dried; drying

Kids Definition of dry (Entry 2 of 2)

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

dry

adjective
\ˈdrī \
drier\ ˈdrī(-​ə)r \; driest\ ˈdrī-​əst \

Medical Definition of dry 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by the absence or scantiness of secretions, effusions, or other forms of moisture

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

dry

verb
dried; drying

Medical Definition of dry (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make dry

intransitive verb

: to become dry

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