moist

adjective
\ ˈmȯist How to pronounce moist (audio) \

Definition of moist

1 : slightly or moderately wet : damp I love cookies when they are moist and chewy.
2 : tearful the eyes of both of us … were moist with the joy of success— Jack London
3 : characterized by high humidity Fog is formed when warm moist air moves over a cold surface.

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Other Words from moist

moistly adverb
moistness \ ˈmȯis(t)-​nəs How to pronounce moist (audio) \ noun

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wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (such as paint) not yet dry. slipped on the wet pavement damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture. clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness. a prisoner in a cold, dank cell moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry. treat the injury with moist heat humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air. a hot, humid climate

Examples of moist in a Sentence

I love cookies when they are moist and chewy. The pork chops were tender and moist. a moist and spongy chocolate cake The plant grows best in direct sunlight and with rich, moist soil. She dabbed her moist eyes with a handkerchief. Fog is formed when warm moist air moves over a cold surface. The eggs will hatch sooner in warm, moist conditions.
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Recent Examples on the Web Along the coast of Northern California near the Oregon border, the cool, moist air off the Pacific sustains a strip of temperate rainforests. ProPublica, "The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere," 4 May 2021 Lightning can result from the North American monsoon, which develops in late June as moist air from Mexico moves toward Arizona and New Mexico in July, or from tropical storms that travel up the coast in late summer to early fall, Hockenberry said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "California is primed for a severe fire season, but just how bad is anybody’s guess," 27 Apr. 2021 Areas south of the front will have more warm, moist air and more instability and will face the potential for stronger storms. Leigh Morgan, al, "Severe weather possible for part of Alabama this weekend," 20 Apr. 2021 Warm water allows the moist air to rise through the storm to create lower air pressure near the surface. Lea Lane, Forbes, "Traveler Alert: Another Aggressive Hurricane Season Just Forecast," 9 Apr. 2021 Some have heaters or hot-water reservoirs that warm the glass to prevent condensation, the tiny water droplets that form when warm, moist air hits a cold surface. Washington Post, "My fog-free mirror is streaking. What can I do?," 15 Mar. 2021 Keep moist and apply a garden fertilizer in March and again after flowering. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Easter lilies will regrow and flower annually," 24 Apr. 2021 These layers are moist, dark, and known to contain methane. Max G. Levy, Wired, "Hungry, Hungry Microbes in Tree Bark Gobble Up Methane," 20 Apr. 2021 The bulbs will not tolerate soil that is dense and heavy, overly moist or too rich. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Four new mystery plants revealed this week," 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of moist

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moist

Middle English moiste, from Anglo-French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *muscidus, alteration of Latin mucidus slimy, from mucus nasal mucus

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The first known use of moist was in the 14th century

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“Moist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moist. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for moist

moist

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of moist

: slightly or barely wet : not completely dry
: having a lot of moisture in the air

moist

adjective
\ ˈmȯist How to pronounce moist (audio) \

Kids Definition of moist

: slightly wet : damp

Other Words from moist

moistness noun

moist

adjective
\ ˈmȯist How to pronounce moist (audio) \

Medical Definition of moist

1 : slightly or moderately wet
2a : marked by a discharge or exudation of liquid moist eczema
b : suggestive of the presence of liquid used of sounds heard in auscultation moist rales

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