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. See More
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Vermouth was extraordinarily fashionable in the 1880s, a brand new import from Italy, and bartenders were mixing it with everything from rye (Manhattan) to gin (Martini) to, in this case, sherry, the dry, slightly nutty, fortified wine from the south of Spain.—Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 16 Sep. 2023 The illness' past hallmarks, such as a dry cough or the loss of sense of taste or smell, have become less common.—Aria Bendix, NBC News, 16 Sep. 2023 Dew points in the 40s are on the dry end — almost autumnally crisp.—A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 But smoke from the fire is forecast to be more visible Friday and into the weekend due to warmer and drier weather, Wisehart said.—Gwozniac, oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2023 As vexed as Barbe-Nicole may be by frog-eyed bubbles or spoiled bottles, such dry business concerns simply can’t muster the emotional intensity of her ups and downs with François.—Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2023 Packed with vitamins and other hydrating ingredients, this serum is a great option for dry, brittle nails.—Kayla Hui, Mph, Verywell Health, 15 Sep. 2023 But, over time, the complexion starts to build a barrier of dry skin cells that can get in the way of a deep cleanse and block ultra-nourishing formulas from their fullest potential.—Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 The National Weather Service said Sunday that dry and warm conditions would help the area improve.—Timothy Bella, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2023
Here’s a sour golden ale laced with juniper berries, orange peel, dried rose petals, orris root and angelica root, all aged in oak barrels.—Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 Share [Findings] Sugar ants will mine dried urine from sand.—Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 13 Sep. 2023 Apply the product to your scalp twice a day to dry or wet hair and expect to start seeing results in as soon as a few weeks.—Neha Tandon, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2023 Flower arrangers and crafters love the silvery, plume-like flowers fresh and dried.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 Then each must be harvested by hand, usually with a tiny brush, sifted, cleaned and left to dry in the sun.—Fernanda Pesce, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2023 Exhibits highlight work being done to protect amphibians from a fungus that dries their skin.—Pam Leblanc, Travel + Leisure, 2 Sep. 2023 Organizers temporarily closed Burning Man’s gates a few days before the event’s official start date of Aug. 27 to allow the playa to dry from Hurricane Hilary’s rains.—Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2023 Walking was almost impossible Saturday morning, but started to improve as the ground began to dry.—Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023
In this case, the glue will act as the main hold while the screws essentially serve as clamps until the adhesive dries.—Jean Levasseur, Popular Science, 26 July 2023 The drupe fruit contains a small pit in the middle exposed when the fleshy exterior dries and splits open.—USA TODAY, 4 July 2023 This non-slip stone mat, which was featured in a TikTok video that's racked up more than 173,000 views, is made of siliceous sedimentary rock, which can hold up to 150 percent of its weight in moisture and dries in seconds, leaving you with a clean, mold-free surface every time.—Stephanie Montes, Travel + Leisure, 20 June 2023 Advertisement Once the ceiling paint dries, cut in the wall edges — around the ceiling and along the skirt board (the trim piece often found at the edges of an enclosed staircase) and any other trim.—Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 16 June 2023 Before the nail polish dries, sprinkle with blue glitter.—Madeline Mitchell, USA TODAY, 6 June 2023 Start out with a pair made of either merino wool or synthetic fabrics; wool is better at regulating temperature, while synthetic dries much faster.—Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2023 Once the base color dries, apply your next color over the top.—Kristin Luna, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2023 After the sunscreen dries, then apply your layer of tanning oil.—elle.com, 16 May 2023 See More
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Adjective, Verb, and Noun
Middle English, from Old English drȳge; akin to Old High German truckan dry, Old English drēahnian to drain
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a