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 Check the moisture content of the original rootball daily. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Dried up magnolia tree will need extra care," 2 May 2021 With less heat comes less moisture loss, which in turn gives you a healthier and bouncier curl. Tess Garcia,, "The 11 Best Products for Curly Hair, According to Celebrity Hairstylists," 26 Apr. 2021 Soil moisture levels remain at normal levels across Britain, which is good news for agriculture and spring blooms. Washington Post, "PM Update: Heavy rain overnight. Sunshine returns tomorrow.," 24 Apr. 2021 To check moisture levels, squeeze a handful of the compost mixture. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, "It's Earth Day: Five steps to start backyard composting," 22 Apr. 2021 All are soft and moisture-wicking, though each finished product involves some chemical treatment of the fiber. New York Times, "Fabrics From Your Fridge," 22 Apr. 2021 The Lab uses advanced equipment including the Corneometer device, for measuring skin moisture levels; the Visia Complexion Analyzer, for tracking changes in skin including wrinkles and hyperpigmentation; and the Cutometer, for gauging skin firmness. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2021 Beauty Awards," 21 Apr. 2021 This is supposed to be the time of year when moisture levels are at their highest, thanks to recent autumn and winter rains. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season," 15 Apr. 2021 Fuel moisture content is one of the most important factors of fire behavior. Jennifer Gray, CNN, "The wildfire season is coming quickly and it's coming earlier, California forecasters warn," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Moisture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce moisture (audio) \

Kids Definition of moisture

: a small amount of liquid that makes something slightly wet

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