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

They were found 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf just above the water, and divers and other international rescuers plotted the complex mission to rescue the team before more rain came. Fox News, "Mission accomplished and boys healthy, rescuers head home," 13 July 2018 In total, Fedak and the crew tagged seven elephant seals found on dry beaches near Pine Island. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 On Tuesday, the company announced its new Yampa dry duffel collection. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Testing OtterBox’s New Yampa Drybag Duffel," 12 July 2018 Approximately six droppings on wood pallet in dry storage area where single service items are stored. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Was your restaurant food surrounded by rat poop? If you ate here, it was," 12 July 2018 Everyone is Doing Great, a dry comedy about struggling actors coming of age. Kristen O'brien, PEOPLE.com, "One Tree Hill's James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti Reunite for a Show About Struggling Actors," 12 July 2018 Green melons, such as honeydews, lend themselves to the bubbles of a dry Prosecco, the clarity of vodka or the sweet fire of white rum. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The 5-Minute Dessert of the Summer," 12 July 2018 They were found by a pair of British divers 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf just above the water, smiling with relief but visibly skinny. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "Kids rescued in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water in cave," 11 July 2018 They were then strapped to one of two rescue divers tasked with shepherding each boy through the underwater parts of the system, and bundled into stretchers to be carried through the dry parts. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "New information suggests the 12 Thai boys trapped in a cave were medicated and carried out on stretchers during the rescue operation.," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wash your bathing suit thoroughly with detergent and then use heat to dry it. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Ee-ew! Authorities warn as sea lice invade beaches in Pensacola, northwest Florida," 27 June 2018 Don’t toss your gourds at the end of the season, dry them instead. Indianapolis Star, "DIY: Get Crafty With Gourds," 6 June 2018 Use a soft microfiber cloth or a cloth made specifically for lenses to dry them. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Glasses Without Scratching Them," 4 May 2018 The letter was too damp to open, so Illman later popped it in her oven to dry it out. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "131-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found on Australian Beach," 8 Mar. 2018 The ink on the post-All-Star break pitching rotation hasn’t quite dried yet. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Chris Tillman a possibility for Sunday start against Rangers," 14 July 2018 The exterior paint Reynolds uses in the mural — in combination with some spray paint — dries a lot quicker than the oil paint he's used to. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Artist behind Ray Bradbury mural in Waukegan hopes his work will inspire kids who don't have access to art," 13 July 2018 Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said Hurricane Chris helped keep North Georgia mostly dry the past few days, and the storm moving up the northeast coast will only allow more moist, humid air to move in. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "THURSDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Storm chances ramp up as cold front approaches," 12 July 2018 Commoners from ancient times until the middle of the 19th century used more accessible materials for their straws—plant materials with a natural tube shape, such as rye grass, dried reeds or, unsurprisingly, just straw. Emelyn Rude, Time, "The Backlash Against Plastic Straws Is Spreading. Here’s How They Got So Popular in the First Place," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Fine/Thin Hair Do this at night: Wash and blow-dry. Redbook, "How to Streamline Your Weekday Mornings, Start to Finish," 5 Sep. 2012 After an excessively rainy May and June, the Chicago area has turned bone dry in July's opening two weeks. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Storms to accompany weekend warmth and humidity," 13 July 2018 So, when the extended dry spell hit, soil became loose and was swept away by intense dust storms that blotted out the sun. Emily Hopkins, Cincinnati.com, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 The tough polyester fabric dries quickly and has a uniquely soft feel compared with other hammocks. Rebecca Straus, Sunset, "10 Super-Comfy Camping Hammocks," 22 Jan. 2018 Remove from skillet, pat dry of any excess olive oil, cut in half, and serve. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "How to Make Grilled Cheese Like Top Chef Host Tom Colicchio," 19 Oct. 2017

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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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