Dryness



[drahy] /draɪ/

adjective, drier, driest.
1.
free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet:
a dry towel; dry air.
2.
having or characterized by little or no rain:
a dry climate; the dry season.
3.
characterized by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary moisture.
4.
not under, in, or on water:
It was good to be on dry land.
5.
not now containing or yielding water or other liquid; depleted or empty of liquid:
The well is dry.
6.
not yielding milk:
a dry cow.
7.
free from tears:
dry eyes.
8.
drained or evaporated away:
a dry river.
9.
desiring drink; thirsty:
He was so dry he could hardly speak.
10.
causing thirst:
dry work.
11.
served or eaten without butter, jam, etc.:
dry toast.
12.
(of cooked food) lacking enough moisture or juice to be satisfying or succulent.
13.
(of bread and bakery products) stale.
14.
of or relating to nonliquid substances or commodities:
dry measure; dry provisions.
15.
(of wines) not sweet.
16.

17.
characterized by or favoring prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors for use in beverages:
a dry state.
18.
(of British biscuits) not sweet.
19.
plain; bald; unadorned:
dry facts.
20.
dull; uninteresting:
a dry subject.
21.
expressed in a straight-faced, matter-of-fact way:
dry humor.
22.
indifferent; cold; unemotional:
a dry answer.
23.
unproductive:
The greatest of artists have dry years.
24.
(of lumber) fully seasoned.
25.
Building Trades.

26.
Ceramics.

27.
Art. hard and formal in outline, or lacking mellowness and warmth in color.
verb (used with object), dried, drying.
28.
to make dry; free from moisture:
to dry the dishes.
verb (used without object), dried, drying.
29.
to become dry; lose moisture.
noun, plural drys, dries.
30.
a prohibitionist.
31.
a dry place, area, or region.
Verb phrases
32.
dry out,

33.
dry up,

Idioms
34.
not dry behind the ears, immature; unsophisticated:
Adult responsibilities were forced on him, although he was still not dry behind the ears.
/draɪ/
adjective drier, driest, dryer, dryest
1.
lacking moisture; not damp or wet
2.
having little or no rainfall
3.
not in or under water: dry land
4.
having the water drained away or evaporated: a dry river
5.
not providing milk: a dry cow
6.
(of the eyes) free from tears
7.

8.
eaten without butter, jam, etc: dry toast
9.
(of a wine, cider, etc) not sweet
10.
(pathol) not accompanied by or producing a mucous or watery discharge: a dry cough
11.
consisting of solid as opposed to liquid substances or commodities
12.
without adornment; plain: dry facts
13.
lacking interest or stimulation: a dry book
14.
lacking warmth or emotion; cold: a dry greeting
15.
(of wit or humour) shrewd and keen in an impersonal, sarcastic, or laconic way
16.
opposed to or prohibiting the sale of alcoholic liquor for human consumption: a dry area
17.
(NZ) (of a ewe) without a lamb after the mating season
18.
(electronics) (of a soldered electrical joint) imperfect because the solder has not adhered to the metal, thus reducing conductance
verb dries, drying, dried
19.
when intr, often foll by off. to make or become dry or free from moisture
20.
(transitive) to preserve (meat, vegetables, fruit, etc) by removing the moisture
noun (pl) drys, dries
21.
(Brit, informal) a Conservative politician who is considered to be a hard-liner Compare wet (sense 10)
22.
(Austral, informal) the dry, the dry season
23.
(US & Canadian) an informal word for prohibitionist
adj.

Old English dryge, from Proto-Germanic *draugiz (cf. Middle Low German dröge, Middle Dutch druge, Dutch droog, Old High German trucchon, German trocken, Old Norse draugr), from PIE *dreug-.

Meaning “barren” is mid-14c. Of humor or jests, early 15c. (implied in dryly); as “uninteresting, tedious” from 1620s. Of places prohibiting alcoholic drink, 1870 (but dry feast, one at which no liquor is served, is from late 15c.; colloquial dry (n.) “prohibitionist” is 1888, American English). Dry goods (1708) were those measured out in dry, not liquid, measure. Dry land (that not under the sea) is from early 13c. Dry run is from 1940s.
v.

Old English drygan, related to dry (adj.). Related: Dried; drying. Of the two agent noun spellings, drier is the older (1520s), while dryer (1874) was first used of machines. Dry out in the drug addiction sense is from 1967. Dry up “stop talking” is 1853.

adjective

noun

A person who favors the prohibition of alcoholic drink (1888+)

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