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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Comfortable and moisture-wicking, Fits also promise to make contact with every part of your foot. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "Travel Wise | A travel expert’s go-to advice: Pack the right socks," 13 Nov. 2018 That’s why, among the assortment of attachments that come with the styler, there’s a pre-styling dryer meant to dry your hair to the ideal moisture level. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The $500 Dyson Airwrap styler vacuums up wet hair to curl it," 10 Oct. 2018 This industry, which now includes high-end pajamas, moisture-wicking bed linens, and extravagant gadgets, makes anywhere between $30 billion and $40 billion annually, according to the consulting company McKinsey. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 Fuel moisture levels in California and Oregon are flirting with record dry levels, NOAA western regional climate center director Tim Brown said. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Science Says: 'The warmer it is, the more fire we see'," 19 Aug. 2018 Streams of warm, wet air from the east have created local moisture levels never seen this early in July. Robert Krier,, "Steamy weather might include thunderstorms," 10 July 2018 Skies should remain mostly clear, but with moisture levels rising, our overnight temperatures don’t fall off as much. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Holding summer at bay for one more day," 8 July 2018 Testers liked both of these pairs for their quick-dry, moisture-wicking capabilities and ability to stay in place well. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Active Outdoor Underwear," 6 July 2018 Technology at their disposal can show moisture levels from nine sections of a putting surface, which allows the crew to know which sections might need slightly more water than the others. Doug Ferguson,, "U.S. Open setup relies as much on science as instincts," 9 June 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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The first known use of moisture was in the 14th century

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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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an inexhaustible supply or amount

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