dry well


Definition of dry well

: a hole in the ground filled with gravel or rubble to receive drainage water and allow it to percolate away

Examples of dry well in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Place the chicken wings on a baking tray and pat dry well with paper towels. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2022 For four days, the team has worked around-the-clock to safely retrieve Rayan, who fell into a dry well and became trapped between its narrow walls, in a village in northern Morocco. Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2022 The piping of the French drain would then be run to a cistern or dry well on the property. Mark Philben, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Jan. 2022 If the weather's cold, cotton clothing wouldn't be ideal because wet cotton won't dry well and therefore won't keep you warm, Townes said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 Rub the glasses with a plastic scrubber, rinse and dry well by hand. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Wipe it with a lightly damp (water only) cloth and then dry well. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Several old fights still rage at the old, dry well. Zenger News, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Some fresh flowers dry well and can be preserved in this way for decor or art projects, though color fading may occur after a time. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dry well

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dry well was circa 1942

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“Dry well.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20well. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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