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des·ic·cate

 (dĕs′ĭ-kāt′)
v. des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing, des·ic·cates
v.tr.
1. To dry out thoroughly.
2. To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
3. To make dry, dull, or lifeless: "Stalinism desiccated the grassroots of urban government" (Timothy J. Colton).
v.intr.
To become dry; dry out.
adj. (also -kĭt)
Lacking spirit or animation; arid: "There was only the sun-bruised and desiccate feeling in his mind" (J.R. Salamanca).

[Latin dēsiccāre, dēsiccāt- : dē-, de- + siccāre, to dry up (from siccus, dry).]

des′ic·ca′tion n.
des′ic·ca′tive adj.
des′ic·ca′tor n.

desiccate

(ˈdɛsɪˌkeɪt)
vb
1. (Chemistry) (tr) to remove most of the water from (a substance or material); dehydrate
2. (Cookery) (tr) to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dry
3. (intr) to become dried up
[C16: from Latin dēsiccāre to dry up, from de- + siccāre to dry, from siccus dry]
ˌdesicˈcation n
ˈdesiccative adj

des•ic•cate

(ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪt)

v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.t.
1. to dry thoroughly; dry up.
2. to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.
v.i.
3. to become thoroughly dried.
[1565–75; < Latin dēsiccātus dried up, past participle of dēsiccāre=- + siccāre, derivative of siccus dry]
des`ic•ca′tion, n.
des′ic•ca`tive, adj.
des′ic•ca`tor, n.

des·ic·cate

(dĕs′ĭ-kāt′)
To remove the moisture from something, or dry it thoroughly.

desiccate


Past participle: desiccated
Gerund: desiccating

Imperative
desiccate
desiccate
Present
I desiccate
you desiccate
he/she/it desiccates
we desiccate
you desiccate
they desiccate
Preterite
I desiccated
you desiccated
he/she/it desiccated
we desiccated
you desiccated
they desiccated
Present Continuous
I am desiccating
you are desiccating
he/she/it is desiccating
we are desiccating
you are desiccating
they are desiccating
Present Perfect
I have desiccated
you have desiccated
he/she/it has desiccated
we have desiccated
you have desiccated
they have desiccated
Past Continuous
I was desiccating
you were desiccating
he/she/it was desiccating
we were desiccating
you were desiccating
they were desiccating
Past Perfect
I had desiccated
you had desiccated
he/she/it had desiccated
we had desiccated
you had desiccated
they had desiccated
Future
I will desiccate
you will desiccate
he/she/it will desiccate
we will desiccate
you will desiccate
they will desiccate
Future Perfect
I will have desiccated
you will have desiccated
he/she/it will have desiccated
we will have desiccated
you will have desiccated
they will have desiccated
Future Continuous
I will be desiccating
you will be desiccating
he/she/it will be desiccating
we will be desiccating
you will be desiccating
they will be desiccating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been desiccating
you have been desiccating
he/she/it has been desiccating
we have been desiccating
you have been desiccating
they have been desiccating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been desiccating
you will have been desiccating
he/she/it will have been desiccating
we will have been desiccating
you will have been desiccating
they will have been desiccating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been desiccating
you had been desiccating
he/she/it had been desiccating
we had been desiccating
you had been desiccating
they had been desiccating
Conditional
I would desiccate
you would desiccate
he/she/it would desiccate
we would desiccate
you would desiccate
they would desiccate
Past Conditional
I would have desiccated
you would have desiccated
he/she/it would have desiccated
we would have desiccated
you would have desiccated
they would have desiccated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.desiccate - preserve by removing all water and liquids from; "carry dehydrated food on your camping trip"
preserve, keep - prevent (food) from rotting; "preserved meats"; "keep potatoes fresh"
2.desiccate - remove water from; "All this exercise and sweating has dehydrated me"
dry, dry out - remove the moisture from and make dry; "dry clothes"; "dry hair"
3.desiccate - lose water or moisture; "In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly"
dry, dry out - remove the moisture from and make dry; "dry clothes"; "dry hair"
Adj.1.desiccate - lacking vitality or spiritdesiccate - lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless; "a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata"; "a desiccate romance"; "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo
dull - lacking in liveliness or animation; "he was so dull at parties"; "a dull political campaign"; "a large dull impassive man"; "dull days with nothing to do"; "how dull and dreary the world is"; "fell back into one of her dull moods"

desiccate

verb
1. To make or become free of moisture:
2. To make or become no longer active or productive:
Translations
References in classic literature ?
But as they entered the town a change more ominous and startling than the desiccation of the landscape forced itself upon them.
This salt flat area is usually flooded in the high spring tides and in the regular meteorological tides, while desiccations were associated with low rainfall levels, low tides and high evaporation rates.
Microphytobenthic or benthic microalgae from microbial mats are commonly enveloped in exopolimeric substances (EPS), like proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides, and other substances, that protect these organisms from desiccation and other stress factors in hypersaline environments (Stal, 1995, 2001; Abed and Garcia-Pichel, 2001; Paerl and Yannarell, 2010; Scott and Marcarelli, 2012).