moisture

noun
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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Synonyms for moisture

Synonyms

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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While the storms may move out, the rainy pattern will stay in place through the weekend, thanks to a slow-moving area of low pressure combined with moisture-rich air moving northward off the Gulf and the remnants of a tropical disturbance. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Heavy rain possible across Alabama today. And tomorrow. And the weekend.," 6 June 2019 Remove bread and set on a rack to keep moisture from ruining the crunch. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Dig into the red, ripe Creole Tomato Fest this weekend," 5 June 2019 Kodachrome maintains its vibrancy, but tends to lose pliability and moisture over time. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Archivists Saved Damaged WWII Film for 'The Cold Blue'," 23 May 2019 Not all ferns are delicate, requiring constant moisture. Irene Wanner, The Seattle Times, "In Oliver Sacks’ final book, the writer’s signature charm and self-effacing kindness shine through one last time," 19 May 2019 Owners typically need to repaint the exterior more often because of moisture and humidity. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "What’s It Take to Sell a Home on Chicago’s Lake Michigan? Patience," 21 Feb. 2019 If there is no moisture in the fabric, pressing is impossible—which can be remedied by misting. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 The proprietary complex, which has made appearances in other Rodan + Fields products, helps draw moisture into skin with the help of hyaluronic acid. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Rodan + Fields Just Launched a Fun Line of Face Masks For Every Complexion Concern," 15 May 2019 Store your suede shoes or suede bag in a dark closet that's far away from the bathroom or anyplace that's damp, as the moisture can damage the fabric, as well. Irene Hwang, Seventeen, "How to Clean Suede Shoes Like a Fashion Pro," 13 May 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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moisture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moisture

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

moisture

noun
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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