dry

adjective
\ ˈdrī How to pronounce dry (audio) \
drier also dryer\ ˈdrī(-​ə)r How to pronounce dryer (audio) \; driest also dryest\ ˈdrī-​əst How to pronounce dryest (audio) \

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 How to pronounce dryish (audio) \ adjective
dryly or less commonly drily adverb
dryness noun

Verb

dryable \ ˈdrī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce dryable (audio) \ 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

In general, jade facial tools can be glided on bare, dry skin, or after application of a leave-on skincare product like a serum or moisturizer to help with product absorption. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Do Jade Rollers Actually Work? Here's the Truth," 20 May 2019 Clinique's Moisture Surge range (which includes a CC cream, a thirst-quenching gel, the Best of Beauty Award-winning hydrator, and the original moisturizer), is not-so-secretly one of our first-line defenses against dry skin in need of serious R&R. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Clinique Launches Moisture Surge Eye 96-Hour Hydro-Filler Concentrate to Hydrate Under-Eyes," 1 May 2019 Such a roof is extremely dry and is vulnerable to fire as a result. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Rebuilding History: How 21st-Century Tech Can Save Medieval Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 The Best Expert-Recommended Products for Waxing Camkiran always advises using Crystal Peel Microderm Soap and a brown sugar scrub, which will help with exfoliation and getting rid of dull dry skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Bikini Wax Less Painful, According to Experts," 1 Apr. 2019 These angles are determined by how dry an area is and whether water has emerged from the ground, among other things. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Geometry Helps Solve the Mystery of Mars' Water," 13 July 2018 People who have dry or sensitive skin should (as always) look for hydrating formulas without ingredients known to be irritating, such as fragrances. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How to Pick the Best Sunscreen for Your Lovely Face," 10 May 2019 Remove from marinade, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Tequila Steak Tacos," 6 May 2019 Add pasta and toss to coat, adding some reserved pasta water if pasta seems dry. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mint and Walnut Pesto Lasagna Noodles," 29 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add wet ingredients to dry ones, mixing just until combined. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Blueberry-Oatmeal Blondies," 20 May 2019 Newer flags made with synthetic materials can be machine washed in cold water with a mild detergent, and hung to dry. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day," 10 May 2019 Boots are rinsed free of sand and hung to dry atop the hickory handles of peaveys jabbed into logs. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Set jars on a baking sheet and transfer to oven to dry completely, about 15 minutes. 5. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 Remove the plastic wrap and allow the mixture to dry completely, then wipe away. NBC News, "How to get stains out of almost anything," 24 June 2018 Be sure to practice patience and wait for favorable weather to complete the project, do ample painting prep work, and allow the coats to dry completely in between. 7. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Projects That Don't Break The Bank," 19 June 2018 Toss any funny-tasting ice, and wash the storage bin with warm water and a mild detergent, and dry completely before returning it to the freezer, Tucker adds. Debbie Carlson, chicagotribune.com, "5 areas to tackle during spring cleaning," 22 May 2018 Among Jackson's allies, even within the West Wing, some have grumbled that Trump's hurried decision to elevate him without extensive vetting has essentially let Jackson hang out to dry. Pamela Brown, CNN, "Jackson spotlights the frustration with poor White House vetting," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Made with cooling and sweat-wicking micro mesh fabric, the breathable underwear dries within nine hours, which is twice as fast as a standard pair of THINX, and has the capacity to absorb one and a half tampons. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "THINX Is Launching Quick Drying Period Proof Underwear," 22 May 2019 Be aware that thinsets take longer to dry, so take special care to use spacers for every tile to keep them from settling or shifting before the thinset dries. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Your Quick and Dirty Guide to Tiling a Kitchen Backsplash," 26 Apr. 2019 Until the air becomes less bone-dry later this weekend. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Mild to occasionally warm, through early next week," 19 Jan. 2018 And always leave them open to air-dry to prevent a mildewy odor. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Clean All Your Food Storage Containers," 14 Oct. 2018 That means dumping out the old solution, rinsing the case with fresh solution, wiping it down with a clean tissue, then letting it air-dry with the caps off, the AOA says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Dangerous Mistakes You’re Making With Your Contact Lens Case," 25 July 2018 Each towel absorbs up to eight times its weight in water and dries in minutes. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "How to Build Your Perfect Car Camping Box," 12 June 2018 Paint each circle with two coats of white acrylic paint, letting dry between coats. 2. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "7 New Ways to Decorate With Wallpaper," 26 Mar. 2010 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

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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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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 How to pronounce dry (audio) \
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 How to pronounce dry (audio) \
drier\ ˈdrī(-​ə)r How to pronounce drier (audio) \; driest\ ˈdrī-​əst How to pronounce driest (audio) \

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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