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 The passengers were trapped in the carriages midair when two tram cars became stuck due to moisture and winds causing ice to form on the tramline, Sandia Peak Tramway General Manager Michael Donovan told KRQE. Melissa Alonso, CNN, 1 Jan. 2022 One of the key conditions that allows mold to flourish is moisture, which can form on surfaces because of a water leak or because of condensation from warm, humid air hitting a cold surface. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 The shell’s purpose is singular: prevent moisture and wind from penetrating the inner layers. Outside Online, 4 Oct. 2021 Its down alternative pillows are non-toxic and designed to respond to moisture and your body temperature while keeping your head and neck comfortably supported. Alex Warner,, 26 Aug. 2021 After reviewing data, information and performing their own tests, the EPA concluded that SurfaceWise2′s effectiveness can be diminished by exposure to moisture and abrasions. Grace Lieberman, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 And more moisture is on the way for much of the West over the next several days. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 26 Dec. 2021 Saturday — Christmas Day — should be dry in the morning, but more moisture is likely to develop in the afternoon. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Soil moisture is 16% above average for this time of year. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Dec. 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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17 Jan 2022

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“Moisture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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