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v. des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing, des·ic·cates
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).
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).]
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]
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=dē- + siccāre, derivative of siccus dry]
To remove the moisture from something, or dry it thoroughly.
Past participle: desiccated
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|Verb||1.||desiccate - preserve by removing all water and liquids from; "carry dehydrated food on your camping trip"|
|2.||desiccate - remove water from; "All this exercise and sweating has dehydrated me"|
|3.||desiccate - lose water or moisture; "In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly"|
|Adj.||1.||desiccate - 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"