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dry

 (drī)
adj. dri·er (drī′ər), dri·est (drī′ĭst) or dry·er or dry·est
1. Free from liquid or moisture: changed to dry clothes.
2.
a. Having or characterized by little or no rain: a dry climate.
b. Marked by the absence of natural or normal moisture: a dry month.
3.
a. Not under water: dry land.
b. Having all the water or liquid drained away, evaporated, or exhausted: a dry river.
4.
a. No longer yielding liquid, especially milk: a dry cow.
b. Not producing a liquid substance that is normally produced: dry heaves.
c. Not shedding tears: dry sobs.
d. Needing moisture or drink: a dry mouth.
5. No longer wet: The paint is dry.
6. Of or relating to solid rather than liquid substances or commodities: dry weight.
7. Not sweet as a result of the decomposition of sugar during fermentation. Used of wines.
8. Having a large proportion of strong liquor to other ingredients: a dry martini.
9. Eaten or served without butter, gravy, or other garnish: dry toast; dry meat.
10. Having no adornment or coloration; plain: the dry facts.
11. Devoid of bias or personal concern: presented a dry critique.
12.
a. Lacking tenderness, warmth, or involvement; severe: The actor gave a dry reading of the lines.
b. Matter-of-fact or indifferent in manner: rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical tone.
13. Wearisome; dull: a dry lecture filled with trivial details.
14. Humorous in an understated or unemotional way: dry wit.
15. Prohibiting or opposed to the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages: a dry county.
16. Unproductive of the expected results: a mind dry of new ideas.
17. Constructed without mortar or cement: dry masonry.
v. dried (drīd), dry·ing, dries (drīz)
v.tr.
1. To remove the moisture from; make dry: laundry dried by the sun.
2. To preserve (meat or other foods, for example) by extracting the moisture.
v.intr.
To become dry: The sheets dried quickly in the sun.
n. pl. drys Informal
A prohibitionist.
Phrasal Verbs:
dry out Informal
To undergo a cure for alcoholism.
dry up
1. To make or become unproductive, especially to do so gradually.
2. Informal To stop talking. Used especially in the imperative.

[Middle English drie, from Old English drȳge.]

dry′ly, dri′ly adv.
dry′ness n.
Synonyms: dry, dehydrate, desiccate, parch
These verbs mean to remove the moisture from: drying the dishes; added water to eggs that were dehydrated; a factory where coconut meat is shredded and desiccated; land parched by the sun. See Also Synonyms at sour.
Antonym: moisten

Dryness

 
  1. Arid as the sands of the Sahara —Joseph Conrad

    The everyday cliche is “Dry as the Sahara.”

  2. (I’ll) drain him dry as hay —William Shakespeare
  3. Dries up like snakeskin —Kate Grenville
  4. (Her words were) dry as the rustle of old leaves —William Beechcroft
  5. Dry and cracking like the bindings on rare books —Diane Wakoski
  6. (His throat was) dry as a desert —Colin Forbes
  7. (Heart) dry as an autumn leaf —Nelson Algren
  8. (You’ll sweat until you’re as) dry as an old gourd —George Garrett
  9. Dry as ashes —Fisher Ames

    Variations of this much-used cliche include “Dry as dust” as well as frame-of-reference switches such as “White as ashes.”

  10. (His sensitive palate as) dry as a bread crust —W. S. Gilbert
  11. Dry as a spinster on a Saturday night —line from “St. Elsewhere” television drama, broadcast December 16, 1986
  12. (I was) dry as a stick —Thomas Gray

    Gray used this in combination with two other similes: “I was dry as a stick, hard as a stone, and cold as a cucumber.”

  13. (Her voice was) dry as burned paper —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  14. (My heart felt as) dry as dirt —Bernard Malamud
  15. (Their intellectuality is as) dry as dung that’s lain on a dusty road for weeks —Louis Adamic

    A shorter version seen in a poem by W. D. Snodgrass: “Parched as dung.”

  16. Dry as faded marigold —Stephen Vincent Benét
  17. Dry as last year’s crow’s nest —Anon
  18. Dry as poverty —John Ashbery
  19. Dry as woodash —Marge Piercy
  20. [Feeling of teeth against lips] dry as sandpaper —William Faulkner
  21. (Hair) dry as spun glass —Elizabeth Spencer
  22. (He was dry-looking, as) dry as talc —Marianne Wiggins
  23. Dry as the white dunes under sunlight —Marge Piercy
  24. Dry up faster than a pressed corsage —Reynolds Price
  25. Parched like an open mouth —Charles Simic
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dryness - the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
dehydration, desiccation - dryness resulting from the removal of water
drought, drouth - a shortage of rainfall; "farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season"
aridness, thirstiness, aridity - a deficiency of moisture (especially when resulting from a permanent absence of rainfall)
sereness - a withered dryness
conjunctivitis arida, xeroma, xerophthalmia, xerophthalmus - abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes; may be due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A
dry mouth, xerostomia - abnormal dryness of the mouth resulting from decreased secretion of saliva
wetness - the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water); "he confirmed the wetness of the swimming trunks"
2.dryness - moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
temperance, moderation - the trait of avoiding excesses
3.dryness - objectivity and detachment; "her manner assumed a dispassion and dryness very unlike her usual tone"
emotionlessness, unemotionality - absence of emotion

dryness

noun
1. aridity, drought, dehydration, aridness, dehumidification, waterlessness, moisturelessness, parchedness the parched dryness of the air
2. thirstiness, thirst, desire for a drink, parchedness Symptoms include dryness of the mouth.

dryness

noun
2. The practice of refraining from use of alcoholic liquors:
Translations
جَفاف
suchost
tørhed
òurrkur; òurrleiki
suchosť
suša
kuruluk

dryness

[ˈdraɪnɪs] N
1. [of hair, skin, climate] → sequedad f
2. [of wit, humour] → mordacidad f
3. [of wine, sherry, cider, champagne] → lo seco
4. [of lecture, subject, book] → aridez f

dryness

[ˈdraɪnɪs] n
[air, ground, weather] → sécheresse f
[hair, skin] → sécheresse f
[mouth] → sécheresse f
[wine] → sécheresse f
[humour] → côté m pince-sans-riredry-roasted [ˌdraɪˈrəʊstɪd] adj [peanuts] → grillé à secdry rot npourriture f sèche (du bois)dry run n (= trial) → galop m d'essai (= rehearsal) → répétition fdry ski slope npiste f de ski artificielledry-stone wall nmur m de pierres sèches

dryness

n (all senses) → Trockenheit f

dryness

[ˈdraɪnɪs] n (gen) → secchezza; (of ground) → aridità
she remarked with some dryness that ... → osservò con una punta d'ironia che...

dry

(drai) adjective
1. having little, or no, moisture, sap, rain etc. The ground is very dry; The leaves are dry and withered; I need to find dry socks for the children.
2. uninteresting and not lively. a very dry book.
3. (of humour or manner) quiet, restrained. a dry wit.
4. (of wine) not sweet.
verbpast tense, past participle dried
to (cause to) become dry. I prefer drying dishes to washing them; The clothes dried quickly in the sun.
dried adjective
(of food) having had moisture removed for the purpose of preservation. dried flowers; dried fruit.
ˈdrier, ˈdryer noun
a machine etc that dries. a spin-drier; a hair-dryer.
ˈdrily, ˈdryly adverb
in a quiet, restrained (and humorous) manner. He commented drily on the untidiness of the room.
ˈdryness noun
ˌdry-ˈclean verb
to clean (clothes etc) with chemicals, not with water.
dry land
the land as opposed to the sea etc.
dry off
to make or become completely dry. She climbed out of the swimming-pool and dried off in the sun.
dry up
1. to lose water; to cease running etc completely. All the rivers dried up in the heat.
2. to become used up. Supplies of bandages have dried up.
3. to make dry. The sun dried up the puddles in the road.
4. (of a speaker) to forget what he is going to say. He dried up in the middle of his speech.

dryness

n. sequedad; aridez.

dryness

n sequedad f, resequedad f
References in classic literature ?
He paused and growing cooler in a moment, added, with only sarcastic dryness, "If Mr.
When Elinor had ceased to rejoice in the dryness of the season, a very awful pause took place.
In point of justice, therefore, to the multitudes who will, I trust, devour this book with avidity, I have so far explained our ancient manners in modern language, and so far detailed the characters and sentiments of my persons, that the modern reader will not find himself, I should hope, much trammelled by the repulsive dryness of mere antiquity.
said the curate; "then by my faith he must take up his quarters in the yard, in spite of his marvellous birth and visionary adventures, for the stiffness and dryness of his style deserve nothing else; into the yard with him and the other, mistress housekeeper.
Even at that time, I had not conquered my aversions to the dryness of a life of study.
Some are known to you, such as the thermometer, which gives the internal temperature of the Nautilus; the barometer, which indicates the weight of the air and foretells the changes of the weather; the hygrometer, which marks the dryness of the atmosphere; the storm-glass, the contents of which, by decomposing, announce the approach of tempests; the compass, which guides my course; the sextant, which shows the latitude by the altitude of the sun; chronometers, by which I calculate the longitude; and glasses for day and night, which I use to examine the points of the horizon, when the Nautilus rises to the surface of the waves.
For some days past, Captain Bonneville had been made sensible of the great elevation of country into which he was gradually ascending by the effect of the dryness and rarefaction of the atmosphere upon his wagons.
It is a pity that one so highly gifted cannot furnish herself with frocks," said the aunt, with a little more than her ordinary dryness of manner, "and suffer you to work for those who want them more.
I ventured to remind the good man of my own business also; whereupon, with an expression of, if anything, increased dryness, he again asked me to wait.
Newman spoke slowly, with a certain dryness of accent and with frequent pauses.
It's only a person who should know for himself that would give me my price," she said with a certain dryness.
Oh he'd have been familiar with Washington," said the girl with the bright dryness with which she often uttered amusing things.