Definition of Dry

1. Noun. A reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages.

2. Verb. Remove the moisture from and make dry. "Dry hair"
Exact synonyms: Dry Out
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Dehydrate, Desiccate, Dry Up, Exsiccate, Dehydrate, Desiccate, Spin-dry, Tumble Dry, Spray-dry, Dehumidify, Parch, Sear, Rough-dry, Blow-dry, Drip-dry, Air
Causes: Dry Out
Derivative terms: Drier, Drier
Antonyms: Wet

3. Adjective. Free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet. "The paint is dry"

4. Verb. Become dry or drier. "The laundry dries in the sun"
Exact synonyms: Dry Out
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Scorch, Dry Out, Run Dry
Derivative terms: Drier, Drier

5. Adjective. Humorously sarcastic or mocking. "With a wry Scottish wit"
Exact synonyms: Ironic, Ironical, Wry
Similar to: Humorous, Humourous
Derivative terms: Dryness, Irony, Irony

6. Adjective. Lacking moisture or volatile components. "Dry paint"
Derivative terms: Dryness
Antonyms: Wet

7. Adjective. Opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages. "A dry state"
Antonyms: Wet

8. Adjective. Not producing milk. "A dry cow"
Similar to: Milkless
Derivative terms: Dryness
Antonyms: Wet

9. Adjective. (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation. "A dry Bordeaux"
Also: Nonsweet, Sugarless, Sour
Similar to: Brut, Medium-dry, Sec, Unsweet
Antonyms: Sweet

10. Adjective. Without a mucous or watery discharge. "That rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"
Derivative terms: Dryness
Antonyms: Phlegmy

11. Adjective. Not shedding tears. "With dry eyes"
Similar to: Dry-eyed, Tearless
Derivative terms: Dryness

12. Adjective. Lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless. "Dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated"
Exact synonyms: Juiceless
Similar to: Unexciting, Unstimulating

13. Adjective. Used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones. "Dry weight"
Similar to: Solid

14. Adjective. Unproductive especially of the expected results. "A mind dry of new ideas"
Similar to: Unproductive

15. Adjective. Having no adornment or coloration. "Rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
Similar to: Plain

16. Adjective. (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish. "Dry meat"
Similar to: Plain

17. Adjective. Having a large proportion of strong liquor. "A very dry martini is almost straight gin"
Similar to: Alcoholic

18. Adjective. Lacking warmth or emotional involvement. "A dry critique"
Similar to: Unemotional
Derivative terms: Dryness

19. Adjective. Practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. "No thank you; I happen to be teetotal"
Exact synonyms: Teetotal
Similar to: Sober
Derivative terms: Dryness

Definition of Dry

1. a. 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.

2. v. t. 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.

3. v. i. To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.

Definition of Dry

1. Abbreviation. (computing) (abbreviation of Don't repeat yourself don't repeat yourself) (gloss It is a software development principle aimed at reducing repetition.) ¹

2. Adjective. Free from liquid or moisture. ¹

3. Adjective. (chemistry) Free of water in any state; anhydrous ¹

4. Adjective. (context: of an alcoholic beverage) Lacking sugar or low in sugar; not sweet. ¹

5. Adjective. Maintaining temperance; void or abstinent from alcoholic beverages. ¹

6. Adjective. (context: of a person or joke) Subtly humorous, yet without mirth. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: of a scientist or his laboratory) Not working with chemical or biological matter, but, rather, doing computations. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To lose moisture. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To remove moisture from. ¹

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Definition of Dry

1. having no moisture [adj DRIER, DRIEST or DRYER, DRYEST] / a prohibitionist [v DRIED, DRYING, DRIES] : DRYABLE [adj] - See also: prohibitionist

Medical Definition of Dry

1. 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: Of the weather: Free from rain or mist. "The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the season." (Addison) Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay. Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry. Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink. "Give the dry fool drink." (Shak) Of the eyes: Not shedding tears. "Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly. " (Prescott) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh. 2. Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain. "These epistles will become less dry, more susceptible of ornament." (Pope) 3. Characterised 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. Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in colouring. Dry area See Cupping. Dry dock. See Dock. Dry fat. See Dry vat (below). Dry light, pure unobstructed light; hence, a clear, impartial view. "The scientific man must keep his feelings under stern control, lest they obtrude into his researches, and colour the dry light in which alone science desires to see its objects." (J. C. Shairp) Dry masonry. See Masonry. Dry measure, a system of measures of volume for dry or coarse articles, by the bushel, peck, etc. Dry pile, a rent reserved by deed, without a clause of distress. Dry rot, a decay of timber, reducing its fibres 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. Called also sap rot, and, in the United States, powder post. Dry stove, a hothouse adapted to preserving the plants of arid climates. Dry vat, a vat, basket, or other receptacle for dry articles. 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. Origin: OE. Drue, druye, drie, AS. Dryge; akin to LG. Droge, D. Droog, OHG. Trucchan, G. Trocken, Icel. Draugr a dry log. Cf. Drought, Drouth, 3d Drug Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dry

drusen of the macula
drusen of the optic nerve head
dry (current term)
dry-bulb thermometer

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