Definitions for: Dry

[n] a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
[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] suffering from fluid deprivation; "his mouth was dry"
[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] 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] 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"- John Mason Brown
[adj] (of wines) not sweet because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation; "a dry white burgundy"
[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"
[v] remove the moisture from and make dry; "dry clothes"; "dry hair"
[v] become dry or drier; "The laundry dries in the sun"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dry, a. [Compar. Drier; superl. Driest.] [OE. dru?e,
druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dr["o]ge, D. droog, OHG.
trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. Drought,
Drouth, 3d Drug.]
1. 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
(a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist.

The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the
season. --Addison.
(b) Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not
succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
(c) Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
(d) Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.

Give the dry fool drink. -- Shak
(e) Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.

Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly. --
(f) (Med.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is
entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry
gangrene; dry catarrh.

2. Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren;
unembellished; jejune; plain.

These epistles will become less dry, more
susceptible of ornament. --Pope.

3. Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or
hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone
or manner; dry wit.

He was rather a dry, shrewd kind of body. --W.

4. (Fine Arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of
execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and
of easy transition in coloring.

Dry area (Arch.), a small open space reserved outside the
foundation of a building to guard it from damp.

Dry blow.
(a) (Med.) A blow which inflicts no wound, and causes no
effusion of blood.
(b) A quick, sharp blow.

Dry bone (Min.), Smithsonite, or carbonate of zinc; -- a
miner's term.

Dry castor (Zo["o]l.) a kind of beaver; -- called also
parchment beaver.

Dry cupping. (Med.) See under Cupping.

Dry dock. See under Dock.

Dry fat. See Dry vat (below).

Dry light, pure unobstructed light; hence, a clear,
impartial view. --Bacon.

The scientific man must keep his feelings under
stern control, lest they obtrude into his
researches, and color the dry light in which alone
science desires to see its objects. -- J. C.

Dry masonry. See Masonry.

Dry measure, a system of measures of volume for dry or
coarse articles, by the bushel, peck, etc.

Dry pile (Physics), a form of the Voltaic pile, constructed
without the use of a liquid, affording a feeble current,
and chiefly useful in the construction of electroscopes of
great delicacy; -- called also {Zamboni's , from the names
of the two earliest constructors of it.

Dry pipe (Steam Engine), a pipe which conducts dry steam
from a boiler.

Dry plate (Photog.), a glass plate having a dry coating
sensitive to light, upon which photographic negatives or
pictures can be made, without moistening.

Dry-plate process, the process of photographing with dry

Dry point. (Fine Arts)
(a) An engraving made with the needle instead of the
burin, in which the work is done nearly as in etching,
but is finished without the use acid.
(b) A print from such an engraving, usually upon paper.
(c) Hence: The needle with which such an engraving is

Dry rent (Eng. Law), a rent reserved by deed, without a
clause of distress. --Bouvier.

Dry rot, a decay of timber, reducing its fibers to the
condition of a dry powdery dust, often accompanied by the
presence of a peculiar fungus (Merulius lacrymans),
which is sometimes considered the cause of the decay; but
it is more probable that the real cause is the
decomposition of the wood itself. --D. C. Eaton. Called
also sap rot, and, in the United States, powder post.

Dry stove, a hothouse adapted to preserving the plants of
arid climates. --Brande & C.

Dry vat, a vat, basket, or other receptacle for dry

Dry wine, that in which the saccharine matter and
fermentation were so exactly balanced, that they have
wholly neutralized each other, and no sweetness is
perceptible; -- opposed to sweet wine, in which the
saccharine matter is in excess.

Dry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dried; p. pr. & vb. n.
Drying.] [AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See Dry,
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.

To dry up.
(a) To scorch or parch with thirst; to deprive utterly of
water; to consume.

Their honorable men are famished, and their
multitude dried up with thirst. -- Is. v. 13.

The water of the sea, which formerly covered it,
was in time exhaled and dried up by the sun.
(b) To make to cease, as a stream of talk.

Their sources of revenue were dried up. -- Jowett
(Thucyd. )

To dry, or dry up, a cow, to cause a cow to cease
secreting milk. --Tylor.

Dry, v. i.
1. To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or
juice; as, the road dries rapidly.

2. To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture,
or a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries,
or dries up.

3. To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.

And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried
up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.
--I Kings
xiii. 4.

Synonyms: adust, alcoholic, arid, baked, bone dry(p), bone-dry(a), brut, desiccated, dried, dried-out, dried-up, dry out, dry-eyed, dry-shod, humorous, humourous, ironic, ironical, juiceless, milkless, parched, plain, prohibitionist, rainless, scorched, sear, sec, semiarid, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, sober, solid, sunbaked, tearless, teetotal, thirsty, unemotional, unexciting, unproductive, unstimulating, unsweet, waterless, withered, wry

Antonyms: lactating, phlegmy, sweet, wet, wet

See Also: air, alter, blow-dry, Carry Amelia Moore Nation, Carry Nation, change, crusader, dehumidify, dehydrate, desiccate, drip-dry, dry, dry up, Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard, meliorist, Nation, nonsweet, parch, reformer, reformist, rough-dry, run dry, scorch, sear, sour, spin-dry, spray-dry, sugarless, tumble dry, Willard

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