mois·​ture | \ ˈmȯis-chər, ˈmȯish-\

Definition of moisture

: liquid diffused or condensed in relatively small quantity

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Synonyms for moisture


damp, dampness, humidity, moistness

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Examples of moisture in a Sentence

These flowers grow best with moisture and shade. Wool socks will pull moisture away from your skin. The leaves absorb moisture from the air.
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Also beware of hissing, which means your fire is having to contend with some moisture in one of the logs. Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build the Perfect Fireplace Fire," 30 Nov. 2018 Sarin, for example, falls apart quickly with moisture. Ciara Nugent, Time, "'There Will Be Severe Pain.' What to Know About the New Novichok Nerve Agent Poisoning in the U.K.," 5 July 2018 In Montana, the remnants of Hurricane Bud met up with moisture from the Pacific Ocean to create a storm that hung over the western half of the state for the last three days, said National Weather Service meteorologist Megan Syner in Great Falls. NBC News, "Floating bears, rescued campers as Montana and Texas flood," 22 June 2018 After a fertilizer application and with adequate moisture, your plants should begin good growth and be attractive by fall. Tom Maccubbin,, "How to treat blossom-end rot," 9 June 2018 Zierden said the two systems that preceded Alberto packed the region with moisture. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Florida's drenching May drowns a rain record more than a century old," 6 June 2018 Alberto, after loading both barrels with warm, tropical moisture from the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to bring flooding to the Florida Panhandle before heading north. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Here's what Charlotte can expect from Alberto," 28 May 2018 Mario Tama/Getty Images High in the stratosphere, sulfur dioxide reacts with moisture to create sulfuric acid, creating an aerosol that reflects sunlight back into space. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Kilauea volcano summit exploded, sending a huge ash plume into the air," 17 May 2018 When a low-pressure area forms, air rushes in to fill it — in this case, frigid air coming down from the Arctic to the north, fed with moisture drawn up from the south on the other side of the trough. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan's chilly April weather is disrupting lives," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of moisture

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moisture

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from moiste

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English Language Learners Definition of moisture

: a small amount of a liquid (such as water) that makes something wet or moist


mois·​ture | \ ˈmȯis-chər \

Kids Definition of moisture

: a small amount of liquid that makes something slightly wet

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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