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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 moistness (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 Fog is basically a cloud at ground-level, a condensed area of water droplets that forms when cool air settles over a warm, moist surface like a body of water. Aj Willingham, CNN, "All The Good Stuff that happened this week," 16 May 2020 Later, on the same day, the stigmas — three tiny threads per flower — are separated from the moist petals. Susan Wright, New York Times, "An Intimate Look at Italy’s Saffron Harvest," 12 May 2020 Once surgical masks get moist, experts said their effectiveness diminishes. Los Angeles Times, "Face masks will be an even bigger part of L.A. life as reopening begins," 7 May 2020 Other coronaviruses, such as ones that cause the common cold, are less contagious in warmer, moist climates., "Coronavirus still not showing its hand," 4 May 2020 In this recipe, Greek yogurt keeps the pancakes unfailingly moist and fluffy, and also gives them a pleasant tang. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Cooking in Quarantine: Greek Yogurt Pancakes," 30 Apr. 2020 The process with seedlings is simply to pry them out of moist soil gently, to get as much of the root system as possible. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "Shopping Your Garden," 28 Apr. 2020 The ground had become so warm that microbes were feeding on the ancient plant matter, releasing methane through the moist soil. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The Arctic’s thawing ground is releasing a shocking amount of dangerous gases," 5 Feb. 2020 Desert locusts only lay eggs in moist soil, to keep them from drying out. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Moist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of moist

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


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Kids Definition of moist

: slightly wet : damp

Other Words from moist

moistness noun


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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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