dry run

noun

1
: a practice exercise : rehearsal, trial
2
: a practice firing without ammunition

Examples of dry run in a Sentence

We did a dry run of the experiment. After several dry runs, she was ready to give the speech.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dry run was circa 1941

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“Dry run.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20run. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dry run

noun
1
: a practice firing without ammunition
2
: a practice exercise
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