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adj. wet·ter, wet·test
1. Covered or soaked with a liquid, such as water: a wet towel.
2. Not yet dry or firm: wet paint.
a. Stored in or prepared with water or other liquids.
b. Characterized by the use or presence of water or liquid reagents: wet chemistry.
c. Involving the performance of experiments rather than the design or analysis of them: a wet lab.
a. Rainy, humid, or foggy: wet weather.
b. Characterized by frequent or heavy precipitation: a wet climate.
5. Informal Allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages: a wet county.
1. Something that wets; moisture.
2. Rainy or snowy weather: go out into the wet.
3. Informal One who supports the legality of the production and sale of alcoholic beverages.
v. wet or wet·ted, wet·ting, wets
1. To make wet; dampen: wet a sponge.
2. To make (a bed or one's clothes) wet by urinating.
1. To become wet.
2. To urinate.
all wet Slang
Entirely mistaken.
wet behind the ears
Inexperienced; green.
wet (one's) whistle Informal
To take a drink.

[Middle English, from Old English wǣt; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

wet′ness n.
wet′ta·ble adj.
wet′ter n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wetter - a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved
emulsifier - a surface-active agent that promotes the formation of an emulsion
chemical agent - an agent that produces chemical reactions
detergent - a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering
2.wetter - a workman who wets the work in a manufacturing process
working man, working person, workingman, workman - an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
3.wetter - someone suffering from enuresis; someone who urinates while asleep in bed
pisser, urinator - a person who urinates
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References in classic literature ?
Spite of this frigid winter night in the boisterous Atlantic, spite of my wet feet and wetter jacket, there was yet, it then seemed to me, many a pleasant haven in store; and meads and glades so eternally vernal, that the grass shot up by the spring, untrodden, unwilted, remains at midsummer.
You can be good in the Broad Walk all the time, but not at the Round Pond, and the reason is that you forget, and, when you remember, you are so wet that you may as well be wetter. There are men who sail boats on the Round Pond, such big boats that they bring them in barrows and sometimes in perambulators, and then the baby has to walk.
We left Grindelwald just as a thunder-storm was dying away, and we hoped to find GUTEN WETTER up above; but the rain, which had nearly ceased, began again, and we were struck by the rapidly increasing FROID as we ascended.
She passed in only two subjects, but went cheerfully into the preparatory department with her five "conditions," intending to let the stream of education play gently over her mental surfaces and not get any wetter than she could help.
I was no wetter (for that could hardly be), but I was all the colder for this mishap; and having lost another hope was the more unhappy.
She was all alive again directly, and among the most active in being useful to Fanny, in detecting her to be wetter than she would at first allow, and providing her with dry clothes; and Fanny, after being obliged to submit to all this attention, and to being assisted and waited on by mistresses and maids, being also obliged, on returning downstairs, to be fixed in their drawing-room for an hour while the rain continued, the blessing of something fresh to see and think of was thus extended to Miss Crawford, and might carry on her spirits to the period of dressing and dinner.
Waule found it good to be there every day for hours, without other calculable occupation than that of observing the cunning Mary Garth (who was so deep that she could be found out in nothing) and giving occasional dry wrinkly indications of crying-- as if capable of torrents in a wetter season--at the thought that they were not allowed to go into Mr.
"You remember, Samkin, that it was wetter than this on the morning of Crecy, and yet I cannot call to mind that there was aught amiss with our strings."
But as climate change continues to wreak havoc with our weather, can we expect to see even wetter summers in the future?
PEOPLE have been advised to make the most of dry conditions this Bank Holiday - because wetter weather is on the way next week.
Monday, however, is expected to be the start of five wetter days, with showers expected in the afternoon.
Met Office head of climate services professor Jason Lowe said: "Over the UK we expect a move towards a greater chance of hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters.