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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Recent Examples on the Web

The amount of moisture in the atmosphere is 175 to 200 percent of normal for early July, Gregoria said. Robert Krier,, "Thunderstorms expected in mountains, possibly inland valleys," 11 July 2018 The absence of low-level moisture produced three straight days with 100 percent of possible sunshine, a rarity for the Chicago area. Tom Skilling,, "Clouds to return as heat, humidity levels rise," 8 July 2018 As a result of that lack of moisture, your eyes can wind up feeling scratchy, Joel Hunter, M.D., founder of Hunter Vision, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Cause Irritated, Scratchy Eyes," 29 June 2018 Make Tangy Horseradish Fixin': Whisk together prepared horseradish (squeezed of excess moisture), sour cream, white wine vinegar, mayonnaise, and sugar in a bowl. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Grilled Hotdogs with Fixin's," 13 June 2018 Warm water can help fuel systems amid waves of tropical moisture. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Odds still low for brewing storm headed toward Gulf of Mexico," 12 June 2018 With a lot of tropical moisture in the atmosphere, there is a good chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the week in South Florida. Doug Phillips,, "Showers, thunderstorms in South Florida's forecast all week," 11 June 2018 We got stuck in a persistent southerly wind pattern aloft that brought wave after wave of tropical moisture our way, including Alberto. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "The rain may be over, but Lake Lanier remains unsafe for swimmers," 5 June 2018 The most noticeable effects of the storm system – besides the rain – will be the high amount of moisture in the air. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Thunderstorms accompany subtropical storm Alberto to Detroit," 30 May 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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