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
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dry

Synonyms: Adjective

arid, droughty, sere (also sear), thirsty, waterless

Synonyms: Verb

dehydrate, desiccate, parch, scorch, sear

Antonyms: Adjective

damp, dank, humid, moist, wet

Antonyms: Verb

hydrate, wash, water, wet

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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

Since cold weather tends to make skin drier overall, proper cuticle hydration can make a big difference. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 Back in 2015, an extremely dry rainy season connected to a strong El Nino event led to massive fires across the archipelago, particularly on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 Shops, seven restaurants, and a killer spa (accessed via tunnel) lure snow bunnies who have no intention of taking the shuttle to the Corviglia cable car and schussing down the famously dry powder. Heidi Mitchell, Town & Country, "Skiing St. Moritz in Style," 1 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, cities like Portland and Seattle could be drier than normal, and the large cities on the eastern seaboard—think New York, DC, and Boston—are often warmer than average during an El Niño year. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 Those who do tend to have dry mouth, which typically lowers the flow of saliva in your mouth. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "Why You Should Never Ignore Sweet-Smelling Urine (or These Other Body Odors)," 3 Aug. 2018 German, Austrian, Alsatian and northeastern Italian wines populate an impressive list offering surprisingly dry reislings alongside sweeter wines selected by Liter House general manager and sommelier Lindsay Slone, formerly of Tinker Street. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Liter House restaurant brings German beer, food south of Broad Ripple," 11 July 2018 Continental-source high pressure brought very dry, low-dew-point air to the region over the weekend. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Clouds to return as heat, humidity levels rise," 8 July 2018 Following a remarkably dry spring, hiking season is already upon us in the Northwest. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Missouri hikers were on 'trip of a lifetime' in Alaska. Their lives ended there," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And the pigment itself dries down to this rich, satin-y black that looks luxurious and won't budge, even if your eyelids are oily (a real thing, folks). Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Tom Ford's $58 Liquid Eyeliner Is the Best Money I Ever Spent," 8 Jan. 2019 Hang mint in loose bunches to air dry, or dry individual leaves on a tray in a food dehydrator. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Mint That Won't Overrun Your Garden," 22 Aug. 2018 Emilia started cooking bacalaitos, fritters made from dried and salted cod. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, "Bacalaitos as familial memory and penance," 5 July 2018 The site was formerly home to a warehouse where the National Tobacco Co. dried and packaged leaves from Kentucky tobacco farms. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Proposed Russell sports complex receives $10 million in city funding," 2 July 2018 Instead, at the beginning of the week, lay out five small containers and fill them with healthy snacks—like nuts, dried fruit, and whole-grain crackers—and do your best not to buy any other snacks for the week. Krissy Brady, Health.com, "9 Ways to Make Healthier Food Choices—Even When You're Exhausted," 21 June 2018 In this photo taken Tuesday, May 29, 2018, a street trader sells dried fish and smoked monkey meat at the port of Maluku in Kinshasa, Congo. Washington Post, "Congo’s Ebola outbreak poses challenges for bush meat," 17 June 2018 The Chiller Tourister boardshorts are fast-drying and loud as hell, making them most at home in the water or on a surfboard. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "The 6 Best Men's Shorts for Summer," 11 June 2018 Towel dry your dog or use a hair dryer if your dog will permit it. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to making bath time better for your dog," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some women will air-dry, others will do a wet set, and still others may want braids or a blowout. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Hair Rules for Everyone," 7 Feb. 2019 At the time officials said the slow unwind would fade into the background—the equivalent of watching paint dry. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Officials Weigh Earlier-Than-Expected End to Bond Portfolio Runoff," 25 Jan. 2019 After five washes and dries, there was little change or shrinkage. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Best Anti-Allergy Bedding," 10 Aug. 2010 Or make easy overnight oats: Combine ½ cup dry rolled oats with ¾ cup milk and add extras such as banana slices, cocoa powder, nuts, and berries before refrigerating overnight. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 The restaurant has more than 10 types of steak on offer; the 50-day dry-aged bone-in New York strip steak being the oldest, and the 32-ounce, 40-day dry aged porterhouse for two being the most expensive. Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Miami," 4 Mar. 2018 While the goal is to get each section as dry and smooth as possible, a rough blow-dry will suffice since the flatiron follow-up will really work out the kinks. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "My Hair-Straightening Routine for Taking My Glorious Kinks and Curls to a Silky-Smooth Blowout," 9 Oct. 2018 Pipe on eyes, then decorate sneakers as desired using royal icing and let sit until dry. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Trick-or-Treater Sugar Cookies," 25 Sep. 2018 Forest Service Director Jim Karels said the danger grows as the debris dries. Fox News, "Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble," 19 Oct. 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, Verb, and Noun

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

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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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