Pronunciation: drī
a.1.Free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid; not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; - said especially: (a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist.
The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the season.
- Addison.
2.Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
Give the dry fool drink.
- Shak
2.Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain.
3.Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly.
- Prescott.
3.Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit.
He was rather a dry, shrewd kind of body.
- W. Irving.
4.(Med.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
4.(Fine Arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring.
Dry area
(Arch.) a small open space reserved outside the foundation of a building to guard it from damp.
Dry blow
a - (Med.) A blow which inflicts no wound, and causes no effusion of blood.
b - A quick, sharp blow.
Dry bone
(Min.) Smithsonite, or carbonate of zinc; - a miner's term.
Dry castor
(Zool.) a kind of beaver; - called also parchment beaver.
Dry cupping
(Med.) See under Cupping.
Dry dock
See under Dock.
Dry fat
See Dry vat (below).
Dry light
pure unobstructed light; hence, a clear, impartial view.
- Bacon.
v. t.1.To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet cloth; to dry hay.
[imp. & p. p. Dried ; p. pr. & vb. n. Drying.]
To dry up
a - To scorch or parch with thirst; to deprive utterly of water; to consume.
Their sources of revenue were dried up.
- Jowett (Thucyd.
v. i.1.To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.
2.To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; - said of moisture, or a liquid; - sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up.
3.To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.
Noun1.dry - a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
Synonyms: prohibitionist
Verb1.dry - remove the moisture from and make dry; "dry clothes"; "dry hair"
Synonyms: dry out
wet - cause to become wet; "Wet your face"
2.dry - become dry or drier; "The laundry dries in the sun"
Synonyms: dry out
Adj.1.dry - free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"
wet - covered or soaked with a liquid such as water; "a wet bathing suit"; "wet sidewalks"; "wet paint"; "wet weather"
2.dry - humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit"
Synonyms: ironic, wry, ironical
3.dry - opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages; "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state"
wet - supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages; "a wet candidate running on a wet platform"; "a wet county"
4.dry - not producing milk; "a dry cow"
lactating, wet - producing or secreting milk; "a wet nurse"; "a wet cow"; "lactating cows"
5.dry - (of wines) not sweet because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation; "a dry white burgundy"
sweet - (used of wines) having a sweet taste
6.dry - without a mucous or watery discharge; "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"
phlegmy - characterized by phlegm; "a phlegmy discharge"
7.dry - not shedding tears; "dry sobs"; "with dry eyes"
8.dry - lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless; "a dry book"; "a dry lecture filled with trivial details"; "dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to...life"- John Mason Brown
Synonyms: juiceless
9.dry - used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones; "dry weight"
10.dry - unproductive especially of the expected results; "a dry run"; "a mind dry of new ideas"
11.dry - having no adornment or coloration; "dry facts"; "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
12.dry - (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish; "dry toast"; "dry meat"
13.dry - suffering from fluid deprivation; "his mouth was dry"
14.dry - having a large proportion of strong liquor; "a very dry martini is almost straight gin"
15.dry - lacking warmth or emotional involvement; "a dry greeting"; "a dry reading of the lines"; "a dry critique"
16.dry - practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages; "he's been dry for ten years"; "no thank you; I happen to be teetotal"
Synonyms: teetotal

DRY. Used figuratively, it signifies that which produces nothing; as, dry exchange; dry rent; rent seek.

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Translate Dry to Spanish, Translate Dry to German, Translate Dry to French
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drunken revelry
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Dry area
dry battery
Dry blow
Dry bone
Dry castor
dry cell
dry cereal
dry clean
dry cleaner
dry cleaners
dry cleaning
Dry cup
Dry cupping
Dry distillation
Dry dock
Dry exchange
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