Dry

Definition of Dry

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.
These epistles will become less dry, more susceptible of ornament.
- Pope.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.

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