(noun.) a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages.
(verb.) remove the moisture from and make dry; 'dry clothes'; 'dry hair'.
(verb.) become dry or drier; 'The laundry dries in the sun'.
(adj.) practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages; 'he's been dry for ten years'; 'no thank you; I happen to be teetotal' .
(adj.) lacking warmth or emotional involvement; 'a dry greeting'; 'a dry reading of the lines'; 'a dry critique' .
(adj.) having a large proportion of strong liquor; 'a very dry martini is almost straight gin' .
(adj.) without a mucous or watery discharge; 'a dry cough'; 'that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose' .
(adj.) humorously sarcastic or mocking; 'dry humor'; 'an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely'; 'an ironic novel'; 'an ironical smile'; 'with a wry Scottish wit' .
(adj.) (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish; 'dry toast'; 'dry meat' .
(adj.) having no adornment or coloration; 'dry facts'; 'rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner' .
(adj.) unproductive especially of the expected results; 'a dry run'; 'a mind dry of new ideas' .
(adj.) used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones; 'dry weight' .
(adj.) lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless; 'a dry book'; 'a dry lecture filled with trivial details'; 'dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to...life'- John Mason Brown .
(adj.) (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation; 'a dry white burgundy'; 'a dry Bordeaux' .
(adj.) not shedding tears; 'dry sobs'; 'with dry eyes' .
(adj.) 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' .
(adj.) not producing milk; 'a dry cow' .
(adj.) opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages; 'the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers'; 'a dry state' .
(adj.) lacking moisture or volatile components; 'dry paint' .
Checker: Sophia--From WordNet
(superl.) Free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid; not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; -- said especially: (a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist.
(superl.) Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
(superl.) Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
(superl.) Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
(superl.) Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
(superl.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
(superl.) Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain.
(superl.) Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit.
(superl.) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring.
(a.) To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet cloth; to dry hay.
(v. i.) To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.
(v. i.) To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture, or a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up.
(v. i.) To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
a. . Arid, not wet, not moist.. Thirsty, craving drink.. Uninteresting, barren, dull, jejune, meagre, tame, vapid, unembellished, plain.. Sarcastic, severe, sly, keen, sharp.
v. a. Desiccate, exsiccate, free from moisture, make dry.
v. n. Become dry, lose moisture.
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Arid, parched, moistureless, juiceless, barren, tame, sarcastic, vapid,lifeless, dull, tedious, uninteresting, monotonous
ANT:Moist, fresh, juicy, lively, entertaining
ANT:Drench, moisten, wet
adj. free from deficient in moisture sap: not green: not giving milk: thirsty: uninteresting: (obs.) hard: frigid precise: free from sweetness and fruity flavour (of wines &c.).—v.t. to free from water or moisture: to exhaust.—v.i. to become dry to evaporate entirely—both used also with prep. up:—pr.p. dry′ing; pa.p. dried.—n. and adj. Dry′asdust the pretended editor or introducer of some of Scott's novels—a synonym for a dull and pedantic though learned person.—v.t. Dry′-beat (Shak.) to beat severely or so as to be dry.—ns. Dry′-bob a slang name used at Eton for boys who play cricket football &c.—opp. to the Wet-bob who makes rowing his recreation; Dry′-dock (see Dock).—adj. Dry′-eyed tearless.—n. Dry′-foot (Shak.) like a dog which pursues game by the scent of its foot.—n.pl. Dry′-goods drapery &c. as distinguished from groceries hardware &c.—n. Dry′-light a clear unobstructed light: an unprejudiced view.—advs. Dry′ly Drī′ly.—ns. Dry′-meas′ure (see Measure); Dry′ness; Dry′-nurse a nurse who feeds a child without milk from the breast; Dry′-plate a sensitised photographic plate with which a picture may be made without the preliminary use of a bath; Dry′-point a sharp needle by which fine lines are drawn in copperplate engraving; Dry′-rot a decay of timber caused by fungi which reduce it to a dry brittle mass: (fig.) a concealed decay or degeneration.—v.t. Dry′-salt to cure meat by salting and drying.—ns. Dry′salter a dealer in gums dyes drugs &c.: (obs.) or in salted or dry meats pickles &c.; Dry′saltery.—adj. Dry′-shod without wetting the shoes or feet.—n. Dry′-steam steam containing no unevaporated water.—adj. Dry′-stone built of stone without mortar as some walls.—n. Dry′-stove a kind of hot-house for preserving the plants of dry warm climates.—Cut and dried (see Cut).—High and dry (see High). ge; cf. Dut. droog Ger. trocken.]
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- The paper was first dipped into a solution of common salt, and then wiped dry, to diffuse the salt uniformly through the substance of the paper. Frederick C. Bakewell. Great Facts.
- Or her taste for peculiar people, put in Mrs. Archer in a dry tone, while her eyes dwelt innocently on her son's. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- Beyond the boundaries of the plantation, George had noticed a dry, sandy knoll, shaded by a few trees; there they made the grave. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- I'm as dry as a kex with biding up here in the wind, and I haven't seen the colour of drink since nammet-time today. Thomas Hardy. The Return of the Native.
- In each bladder was a small quantity of dried peas, or little pebbles, as I was afterwards informed. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
- Yes; there it lies on its side, dried up; except for its plumage, very like myself. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Originally no doubt, and for untold centuries, the use was confined to the hairy, undressed, fresh, or dried skins, known as pelts. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- It consists of a series of silk disks saturated with a sizing of plumbago and well dried. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- He has certainly been drying up faster since the engagement: the flame of passion, I suppose. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- Further to the north is the great plain, still steadily thawing and drying. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- After the dipping they are subjected to a drying process and then boxed. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- It's the dampness drying, replied Jo. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- She doesn't blind one; but she dries up one's tears. Edith Wharton. The Age of Innocence.
- He prepares a polished metal plate, generally zinc, with an extremely thin coating of film or fatty milk, which dries upon and adheres to the plate. William Henry Doolittle. Inventions in the Century.
- The vehicle dries whatever colours may be used with it, in twelve hours. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- Presently in the fourth and fifth centuries the weather grew drier and the grass became scanty, and the nomads stirred afresh. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- In the farm yard appear the improved carriage and wagon, the well pump, the wind wheel, the fruit drier, the bee hive, and the cotton and cider press. Edward W. Byrn. The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
- But it had differences due originally perhaps to the warmer, drier climate. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- In my experimental plant for concentrating iron ore in the northern part of New Jersey, we had a vertical drier, a column about nine feet square and eighty feet high. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- I recommended the shrubbery to Fanny as the driest place, said Sir Thomas. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park.
- He is exceedingly calm; his smile is shrewd; he can say the driest, most cutting things in the quietest of tones. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- We are now in sight of the real 'concentrates,' which are conveyed to dryer No. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- The wet sheets of rubber are cut in square pieces, placed on perforated tin pans and loaded into the dryer, which will hold about eight hundred pounds of rubber. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- A long series of experiments resulted in the invention of the tower dryer with a capacity of three hundred tons per hour. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- The vacuum dryer is used where rubber is wanted dry in a short space of time. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
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