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Third person singular present tense of dry.



adj. dri•er, dri•est, adj.
1. free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet.
2. having or characterized by little or no rain: the dry season.
3. characterized by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary moisture.
4. not under, in, or on water: 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.
10. causing thirst: dry work.
11. served or eaten without butter, jam, etc.: dry toast.
12. (of bread, rolls, etc.) stale.
13. of or pertaining to nonliquid substances or commodities: dry measure; dry provisions.
14. dehydrated.
15. (esp. of wines) not sweet.
16. (of a cocktail) made with dry vermouth, esp. a relatively small amount.
17. characterized by or favoring prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors for use in beverages: a dry state.
18. free from the use of alcoholic drink; sober.
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.
a. (of masonry construction) built without fresh mortar or cement.
b. (of a wall, ceiling, etc., in an interior) finished without the use of fresh plaster.
26. to make dry; free from moisture: to dry the dishes.
27. to become dry; lose moisture.
28. dry out, to undergo detoxification after drug or alcohol abuse.
29. dry up,
a. to cease to exist; evaporate.
b. Informal. to stop talking.
c. (in acting) to forget one's lines or part.
30. a prohibitionist.
31. a dry area.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English drȳge; akin to Middle Dutch drōghe, Old High German trockan; compare drought]
dry′a•ble, adj.
dry′ly, adv.
dry′ness, n.
syn: dry, arid both mean without moisture. dry is the general word indicating absence of water or freedom from moisture, which may be favorable or unfavorable: a dry well; a dry bath towel. arid suggests intense dryness in a region or climate, resulting in bareness or in barrenness: arid tracts of desert.
References in classic literature ?
The soil of a great part of this Green River valley is a whitish clay, into which the rain cannot penetrate, but which dries and cracks with the sun.
As the north wind, blowing on an orchard that has been sodden with autumn rain, soon dries it, and the heart of the owner is glad--even so the whole plain was dried and the dead bodies were consumed.
For avarice dries up the heart, and prodigality drowns it -- is not that so?
She doesn't blind one; but she dries up one's tears.
He cleanses the injured place and dries it, and having carefully examined it and gently pressed it with the palm of his hand, takes a small case from his pocket, dresses it, and binds it up.
At such moments Princess Mary would think how intellectual work dries men up.
What we sought was either a thag--a sort of gigantic elk--or one of the larger species of antelope, the flesh of either of which dries nicely in the sun.