mois·​ture | \ ˈmȯis-chər How to pronounce moisture (audio) , ˈmȯish- \

Definition of moisture

: liquid diffused or condensed in relatively small quantity

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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 Humectant: An ingredient that pulls moisture into the skin from the humidity in the air. Nia Decaille, Washington Post, "A guide to the confusing and sometimes controversial ingredients in your cosmetics," 7 Feb. 2020 The road, shiny with moisture, wound past the Gloria Ferrer, Cline, and Ram's Gate wineries, by long rows of gnarled grape vines, and alongside fields of tawny scrub. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Defining the Porsche 911: New vs. Old," 31 Jan. 2020 Water well, and mulch to maintain moisture, reduce competition from weeds and offer winter protection. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Are Mums Perennials? Here's What to Know About the Flower," 22 Jan. 2020 Plants pull moisture from the ground, which in turn evaporates into the air, providing a cooling effect. oregonlive, "Historically racist housing policies exacerbating climate change effects in low-income Portland neighborhoods," 20 Jan. 2020 Actives Add these buzzy and beneficial ingredients to the mix Hyaluronic Acid To maintain moisture, our bodies produce this chemical naturally. Essence, "Everything You Need To Know To Get The Skin You Want This Year," 20 Jan. 2020 Results from many previous tropical cyclones have found that a warmer atmosphere, which holds more moisture, is expected to boost storm precipitation totals. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "A pre-hurricane climate change analysis gets major revision after the storm," 2 Jan. 2020 Traditional construction crews build the structure, which usually entails framing, and move on to installing insulation and moisture barriers before finally applying interior and exterior finishes. Amy Eskind,, "These 3-D Printed Homes Cost $60K and Are Being Built in a New Texas Community for the Homeless," 13 Dec. 2019 Instead of slathering your skin in expensive creams and serums, try using a humidifier to replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Braelyn Wood,, "The Best-Selling Pure Enrichment Humidifier on Amazon Will Save Your Dry Skin This Winter," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Moisture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce moisture (audio)

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 How to pronounce moisture (audio) \

Kids Definition of moisture

: a small amount of liquid that makes something slightly wet

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