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dry Idioms & Phrases


air-dried

  • adjective satellite made dry by contact with unheated air
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air-dry

  • adjective satellite not giving off moisture on exposure to the air
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blow drier

  • noun a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair
    hair drier; hand blower; blow dryer; blow drier.
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blow dryer

  • noun a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair
    hair drier; hand blower; blow dryer; blow drier.
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blow-dry

  • verb dry hair with a hair dryer
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bone dry

  • adjective satellite without a trace of moisture; as dry as a weathered bone
    bone dry.
    • bone-dry leaves are a fire hazard
    • a drier to get the clothes bone dry
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bone-dry

  • adjective satellite without a trace of moisture; as dry as a weathered bone
    bone dry.
    • bone-dry leaves are a fire hazard
    • a drier to get the clothes bone dry
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clothes drier

  • noun a dryer that dries clothes wet from washing
    clothes drier.
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clothes dryer

  • noun a dryer that dries clothes wet from washing
    clothes drier.
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Cut and dried

  • prepered beforehand; not spontaneous.
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cut-and-dried

  • adjective satellite according to ordinary expectations
    cut-and-dried.
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cut-and-dry

  • adjective satellite according to ordinary expectations
    cut-and-dried.
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dried apricot

  • noun apricots preserved by drying
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dried fruit

  • noun fruit preserved by drying
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dried milk

  • noun dehydrated milk
    milk powder; powdered milk; dried milk.
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dried-out

  • adjective satellite thoroughly dried out
    desiccated.
    • old boxes of desiccated Cuban cigars
    • dried-out boards beginning to split
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dried-up

  • adjective satellite (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
    withered; sear; shriveled; sere; shrivelled.
    • dried-up grass
    • the desert was edged with sere vegetation
    • shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings
    • withered vines
  • adjective satellite depleted of water
    • a dried-up water hole
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drip-dry

  • verb dry by hanging up wet
  • adjective satellite treated so as to be easily or quickly washed and dried and requiring little or no ironing
    wash-and-wear.
    • a wash-and-wear shirt
  • adjective satellite used of fabrics that do not require ironing
    permanent-press.
    • drip-dry shirts for travel
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Dry area

  • (Arch.), a small open space reserved outside the foundation of a building to guard it from damp.
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dry battery

  • noun a voltaic battery consisting of two or more dry cells
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Dry blow

  • . (a) (Med.) A blow which inflicts no wound, and causes no effusion of blood. (b) A quick, sharp blow.
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Dry bone

  • (Min.), Smithsonite, or carbonate of zinc; a miner's term.
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Dry castor

  • (Zoöl.) a kind of beaver; called also parchment beaver.
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dry cell

  • noun a small Leclanche cell containing no free liquid; the electrolyte is a paste and the negative zinc pole forms the container of the cell; used in flashlights, portable radios, etc.
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dry cereal

  • noun a cereal that is not heated before serving
    cold cereal.
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dry clean

  • verb clean with chemical agents
    dry clean.
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dry cleaner

  • noun the operator of dry-cleaning establishment
    cleaner; dry cleaner.
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dry cleaners

  • noun shop where dry cleaning is done
    cleaners.
  • noun the operator of dry-cleaning establishment
    cleaner; dry cleaner.
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dry cleaning

  • noun the act of cleaning (fabrics) with a solvent other than water
  • verb clean with chemical agents
    dry clean.
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Dry cupping

  • . (Med.) See under Cupping.
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Dry dock

  • noun a large dock from which water can be pumped out; used for building ships or for repairing a ship below its waterline
    graving dock; drydock.
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  • . See under Dock.
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Dry fat

  • . See Dry vat (below).
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dry fly

  • noun a fly (fisherman's lure) that skims the surface of the water
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dry gangrene

  • noun (pathology) gangrene that develops in the presence of arterial obstruction and is characterized by dryness of the dead tissue and a dark brown color
    mummification; mumification necrosis; cold gangrene.
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dry goods

Dry" goods`
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  1. A commercial name for textile fabrics, cottons, woolens, linen, silks, laces, etc., -- in distinction from groceries. U.S.
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dry ice

  • noun solidified carbon dioxide; dry ice sublimates at -78.5 C and is used mainly as a refrigerant
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dry kiln

  • noun a kiln for drying and seasoning lumber
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dry land

  • noun the solid part of the earth's surface
    land; terra firma; earth; solid ground; ground.
    • the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land
    • the earth shook for several minutes
    • he dropped the logs on the ground
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Dry light

  • pure unobstructed light; hence, a clear, impartial view. Bacon.
    The scientific man must keep his feelings under stern control, lest they obtrude into his researches, and color the dry light in which alone science desires to see its objects. J. C. Shairp.
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Dry masonry

  • noun masonry without mortar
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  • . See Masonry.
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Dry measure

  • noun a unit of capacity for dry commodities (as fruit or grain)
    dry measure.
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  • a system of measures of volume for dry or coarse articles, by the bushel, peck, etc.
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dry milk

  • noun dehydrated milk
    milk powder; powdered milk; dried milk.
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dry mop

  • noun a dry swab for dusting floors
    dust mop; dustmop.
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dry mouth

  • noun abnormal dryness of the mouth resulting from decreased secretion of saliva
    xerostomia.
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dry mustard

  • noun a substance such that one to three tablespoons dissolved in a glass of warm water is a homemade emetic
    powdered mustard.
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dry nurse

  • noun a nurse who cares for but does not suckle an infant
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Dry" nurse`
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  1. A nurse who attends and feeds a child by hand; -- in distinction from a wet nurse, who suckles it.
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dry out

  • verb become dry or drier
    dry.
    • The laundry dries in the sun
  • verb become empty of water
    dry out.
    • The river runs dry in the summer
  • verb remove the moisture from and make dry
    dry.
    • dry clothes
    • dry hair
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Dry pile

  • (Physics), a form of the Voltaic pile, constructed without the use of a liquid, affording a feeble current, and chiefly useful in the construction of electroscopes of great delicacy; called also Zamboni's , from the names of the two earliest constructors of it.
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dry pint

  • noun a United States dry unit equal to 0.5 quart or 33.6 cubic inches
    pint.
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Dry pipe

  • (Steam Engine), a pipe which conducts dry steam from a boiler.
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Dry plate

  • noun a former photographic method that used a glass plate coated with a light-sensitive gelatinous emulsion
    dry plate.
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  • (Photog.), a glass plate having a dry coating sensitive to light, upon which photographic negatives or pictures can be made, without moistening.
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dry plate process

  • noun a former photographic method that used a glass plate coated with a light-sensitive gelatinous emulsion
    dry plate.
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Dry point

  • noun a print produced by dry point engraving
  • noun a steel needle for engraving without acid on a bare copper plate
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  • . (Fine Arts) (a) An engraving made with the needle instead of the burin, in which the work is done nearly as in etching, but is finished without the use acid . (b) A print from such an engraving, usually upon paper. (c) Hence: The needle with which such an engraving is made.
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dry quart

  • noun a United States dry unit equal to 2 pints or 67.2 cubic inches
    quart.
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Dry rent

  • (Eng. Law), a rent reserved by deed, without a clause of distress. Bouvier.
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Dry rot

  • noun a crumbling and drying of timber or bulbs or potatoes or fruit caused by a fungus
  • noun a fungus causing dry rot
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  • a decay of timber, reducing its fibers to the condition of a dry powdery dust, often accompanied by the presence of a peculiar fungus (Merulius lacrymans), which is sometimes considered the cause of the decay; but it is more probable that the real cause is the decomposition of the wood itself. D. C. Eaton. Called also sap rot, and, in the United States, powder post. Hebert.
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dry run

  • noun a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert)
    rehearsal.
    • he missed too many rehearsals
    • a rehearsal will be held the day before the wedding
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dry season

  • noun one of the two seasons in tropical climates
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dry socket

  • noun inflammation in the socket of a tooth; sometimes occurs after a tooth is extracted and a blood clot fails to form
    alveolitis.
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Dry stove

  • a hothouse adapted to preserving the plants of arid climates. Brande & C.
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dry unit

  • noun a unit of capacity for dry commodities (as fruit or grain)
    dry measure.
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dry up

  • verb lose water or moisture
    desiccate; dehydrate; exsiccate.
    • In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly
  • verb dry up and shrivel due to complete loss of moisture
    mummify.
    • a mummified body was found
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Dry vat

  • a vat, basket, or other receptacle for dry articles.
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dry vermouth

  • noun dry pale amber variety
    French vermouth.
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dry wall

  • noun a wide flat board used to cover walls or partitions; made from plaster or wood pulp or other materials and used primarily to form the interior walls of houses
    drywall; wallboard.
  • noun a stone wall made with stones fitted together without mortar
    dry wall.
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dry walling

  • noun the activity of building stone walls without mortar
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dry wash

  • noun the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
    wash.
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Dry wine

  • that in which the saccharine matter and fermentation were so exactly balanced, that they have wholly neutralized each other, and no sweetness is perceptible; opposed to sweet wine, in which the saccharine matter is in excess.
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dry-beat

Dry"-beat` transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To beat severely. Shak.
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dry-boned

Dry"-boned` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having dry bones, or bones without flesh.
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dry-bulb thermometer

  • noun an ordinary thermometer with a dry bulb; used to measure the air temperature
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dry-cleaned

  • adjective satellite cleaned with chemical solvents
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dry-dock

  • verb maneuver (a ship) into a drydock
    drydock.
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dry-eyed

  • adjective free from tears
    tearless.
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Dry"-eyed` adjective
Definitions
  1. Not having tears in the eyes.
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dry-fisted

Dry"-fist`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Niggardly.
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dry-gulching

  • noun the act of killing from ambush
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dry-nurse

  • verb take care of an infant without breastfeeding it
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Dry-plate process

  • the process of photographing with dry plates.
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dry-rot

  • verb affect or be affected with dry rot
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dry-rub

Dry"-rub` transitive verb
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imperfect & past participle Dry-rubbed ; present participle & verbal noun Dry-rubbing
Definitions
  1. To rub and cleanse without wetting. Dodsley.
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dry-shod

  • adjective satellite having or keeping the feet or shoes dry
    • a land bridge over which man and beasts could have crossed dry-shod
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Dry"-shod` adjective
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  1. Without wetting the feet.
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dry-stone

Dry"-stone` adjective
Definitions
  1. Constructed of uncemented stone. "Dry-stone walls." Sir W. Scott.
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dry-stone wall

  • noun a stone wall made with stones fitted together without mortar
    dry wall.
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dry-wall

  • verb construct with drywall
    • dry-wall the basement of the house
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dry-wood termite

  • noun any of various termites that live in and feed on dry wood that is not connected with the soil
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drying agent

  • noun a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
    siccative; drier; desiccant.
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drying oil

  • noun an oil that hardens in air due to oxidation and is often used as a paint or varnish base
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drying up

  • noun the process of extracting moisture
    dehydration; desiccation; evaporation.
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floating dry dock

  • noun dry dock that can be submerged under a vessel and then raised
    floating dock.
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freeze-dried

  • verb preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
    freeze-dry.
    • freeze-dry the strawberries
  • adjective satellite used of tissue or blood or serum or other biological substances; dried by freezing in a high vacuum
    lyophilized; lyophilised.
  • adjective satellite preserved by freezing and drying in a vacuum
    • freeze-dried coffee
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freeze-dry

  • verb preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
    freeze-dry.
    • freeze-dry the strawberries
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freeze-drying

  • noun a method of drying food or blood plasma or pharmaceuticals or tissue without destroying their physical structure; material is frozen and then warmed in a vacuum so that the ice sublimes
    lyophilisation; lyophilization.
  • verb preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
    freeze-dry.
    • freeze-dry the strawberries
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hair drier

  • noun a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair
    hair drier; hand blower; blow dryer; blow drier.
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hair dryer

  • noun a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair
    hair drier; hand blower; blow dryer; blow drier.
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High and dry

  • out of water; out of reach of the current or tide; said of a vessel, aground or beached.
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kiln-dried

  • adjective satellite dried in a kiln
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kiln-dry

Kiln"-dry` transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To dry in a kiln; as, to kiln-dry meal or grain. Mortimer.
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medium-dry

  • adjective satellite of a wine that is dry but not extremely dry
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nonfat dry milk

  • noun dehydrated skimmed milk
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quick-drying

  • adjective satellite of a liquid substance that dries quickly
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rough-dry

  • verb dry without smoothing or ironing
    • rough-dry the laundry
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run dry

  • verb become empty of water
    dry out.
    • The river runs dry in the summer
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semi-dry

  • adjective satellite somewhat dry
    • swabbing left the deck semi-dry but still slippery
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smoke-dried

  • adjective satellite (used especially of meats and fish) dried and cured by hanging in wood smoke
    smoked; smoke-cured.
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smoke-dry

Smoke"-dry` transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To dry by or in smoke.
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spin drier

  • noun a clothes dryer that uses centrifugal motion to dry the clothes that are put into it
    spin drier.
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spin dryer

  • noun a clothes dryer that uses centrifugal motion to dry the clothes that are put into it
    spin drier.
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spin-dry

  • verb dry (clothes) by spinning and making use of centrifugal forces
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spray-dried

  • adjective dried by bringing a sprayed substance (e.g. milk or soap) into contact with hot air and recovering it in the form of a powder
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spray-dry

  • verb dry by bringing into the form of a spray, through contact with a hot gas
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sun-dried

  • adjective satellite dried naturally by the sun
    sundried.
    • sun-dried apricots
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Sun"-dried` adjective
Definitions
  1. Dried by the heat of the sun. "Sun-dried brick." Sir T. Herbert.
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To dry up

  • . (a) To scorch or parch with thirst; to deprive utterly of water; to consume.
    Their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Is. v. 13.
    The water of the sea, which formerly covered it, was in time exhaled and dried up by the sun. Woodward.
    (b) To make to cease, as a stream of talk.
    Their sources of revenue were dried up. Jowett (Thucyd. )
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To dry, ∨ dry up, a cow

  • to cause a cow to cease secreting milk. Tylor.
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tumble drier

  • noun a clothes dryer that spins wet clothes inside a cylinder with heated air
    tumble drier.
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tumble dry

  • verb dry by spinning with hot air inside a cylinder
    • These fabrics are delicate and cannot be tumbled dry
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tumble-dryer

  • noun a clothes dryer that spins wet clothes inside a cylinder with heated air
    tumble drier.
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united states dry unit

  • noun a unit of measurement of capacity for dry substances officially adopted in the United States Customary System
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