noun a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
verb remove the moisture from and make dry
verb become dry or drier
The laundry dries in the sun
adjective free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
a dry climate
dry splintery boards
a dry river bed
the paint is dry
adjective satellite humorously sarcastic or mocking
ironic; ironical; wry.
an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely
an ironic novel
an ironical smile
with a wry Scottish wit
adjective lacking moisture or volatile components
adjective opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages
the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers
a dry state
adjective not producing milk
a dry cow
adjective (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation
a dry white burgundy
a dry Bordeaux
adjective without a mucous or watery discharge; a small child with a dry nose"
a dry cough
that rare thing in the wintertime
adjective satellite not shedding tears
with dry eyes
adjective satellite 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
adjective satellite used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
adjective satellite unproductive especially of the expected results
a dry run
a mind dry of new ideas
adjective satellite having no adornment or coloration
rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner
adjective satellite (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish
adjective satellite having a large proportion of strong liquor
a very dry martini is almost straight gin
adjective satellite lacking warmth or emotional involvement
a dry greeting
a dry reading of the lines
a dry critique
adjective satellite practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages; I happen to be teetotal"
he's been dry for ten years
no thank you
OE. drue, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dröge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. Drought, Drouth, 3d Drug.
comparativeDrier ; superlativeDriest
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.
(b)Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay. (c)Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry. (d)Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
Give the dry fool drink.
(e)Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly.
(f)(Med.)Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain.
These epistles will become less dry, more susceptible of ornament.
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.
(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 transitive verb
AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See Dry, a.
imperfect & past participleDried ; present participle & verbal nounDrying
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.
Dry intransitive verb
To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.
To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture, or a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up.
To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.
And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.
I Kings xiii. 4.