mois·​ture ˈmȯis-chər How to pronounce moisture (audio)
: liquid diffused or condensed in relatively small quantity

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.
Recent Examples on the Web These plants grow well near coastal regions but also tolerate loamy, clay, or sandy conditions as long as soil is well-drained and retains some moisture. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 But the welcome moisture last month hit parched land, which is less equipped to absorb rain, causing flooding that left at least two people dead and displaced hundreds more, OCHA said. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 My first diagnosis was Sjogren syndrome–an autoimmune disease that affects the moisture glands of the body, leading to symptoms from dry skin to chronic joint pain. Janice Thomas, Parents, 18 Feb. 2024 That heat is exacerbating a historic drought in the wider region because hotter temperatures cause the air to pull more moisture from plants. Quentin Septer, Scientific American, 16 Feb. 2024 Next, to lock in moisture and provide the perfect smooth canvas for makeup, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 35 was applied. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The Amazon provides moisture beyond the region, too. Rosa Rahimi, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 That included rapidly warming temperatures that topped out at a record-tying 55 degrees Fahrenheit in Madison and more moisture with rapidly rising air, creating thunderstorms, Patterson said. Todd Richmond and Scott Bauer The Associated Press,, 10 Feb. 2024 Has moisture or debris accumulated in the depression? Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from moiste

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moisture was in the 14th century

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“Moisture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mois·​ture ˈmȯish-chər How to pronounce moisture (audio)
: a small amount of liquid that causes moistness : dampness

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