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dry meaning

[ drai ] Pronunciation:   "dry" in a sentence
  • Verb: dry  drI
    1. Remove the moisture from and make dry
      "dry clothes"; "dry hair"
      - dry out 
    2. Become dry or drier
      "The laundry dries in the sun"
      - dry out
    Adjective: dry (drier,driest,dryer,dryest)  drI
    1. Free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
      "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry" 
    2. Humorously sarcastic or mocking
      "dry humour"
      - ironic, ironical, wry 
    3. Lacking moisture or volatile components
      "dry paint" 
    4. Opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages
      "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state" 
    5. Not producing milk
      "a dry cow" 
    6. (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation
      "a dry white burgundy"; "a dry Bordeaux" 
    7. Without a mucous or watery discharge
      "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose" 
    8. Not shedding tears
      "dry sobs"; "with dry eyes" 
    9. Lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless
      "a dry book"; "a dry lecture filled with trivial details"
      - juiceless 
    10. Used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
      "dry weight" 
    11. Unproductive especially of the expected results
      "a dry run"; "a mind dry of new ideas" 
    12. Having no adornment or coloration
      "dry facts"; "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner" 
    13. (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish
      "dry toast"; "dry meat" 
    14. Having a large proportion of strong liquor
      "a very dry martini is almost straight gin" 
    15. Lacking warmth or emotional involvement
      "a dry greeting"; "a dry reading of the lines"; "a dry critique" 
    16. Practising complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
      "he's been dry for ten years"
      - teetotal
    Noun: dry (drys,dries)  drI
    1. A reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
      - prohibitionist

    Derived forms: drier, drying, dryest, dried, driest, drys, dries

    See also: adust [archaic], air-dried, air-dry, alcoholic, arid, baked, bone dry, bone-dry, brut, desiccated, dried, dried-out, dried-up, drier, drily, dry-eyed, dryness, dry-shod, humorous, humourous [Brit, Cdn, non-standard], kiln-dried, medium-dry, milkless, nonsweet, parched, plain, rainless, scorched, sear, sec, semiarid, semi-dry, sere, shriveled [US], shrivelled [Brit, Cdn], sober, solid, sour, sugarless, sunbaked, tearless, thirsty, unemotional, unexciting, unproductive, unstimulating, unsweet, waterless, wetness, withered

    Type of: alter, change, crusader, meliorist, modify, reformer, reformist, social reformer

    Antonym: phlegmy, sweet, wet

    Encyclopedia: Dry Dry, Loiret


  • [American slang]
    mod. sober; no longer alcohol intoxicated.
    • Tracy's dry, I hear.
    • How long will Ernie stay dry?


  • [Business]
    verb (dries, drying, dried, dried)

    PHRASAL VERBS

    dry up

    if a supply of sth dries up, there is gradually less of it until there is none left:

    Their sources of finance are drying up.

    Manufacturers have suffered as orders have dried up.


  • [Electronics]
    In an electric cell, a term used to describe an electrolyte that is semiliquid or solid.

  • [Medicine]
    adj dri·er dri·est
    1 : marked by the absence or scantiness of secretions, effusions, or other forms of moisture
    2 of a cough : not accompanied by the raising of mucus or phlegm
    vb dried; dry·ing vt : to make dry
    ¦ vi : to become dry
  • the dry:     (sometimes with ; ...
  • air-dry:    Adjective: air-dry ...
  • blow-dry:    Verb: blow-dryDry ...

Examples

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  1. she hung the washing on the line to dry.
  2. reptiles possess a scaly, dry skin.
  3. some parts of wales are dry on sundays.
  4. the eggs are dry enough for you, honey?
  5. you will wed with dry eyes, anyhow.

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