dry

[[t]draɪ[/t]]
adj. dri•er, dri•est,
1) free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet
2) having or characterized by little or no rain:
the dry season[/ex]
3) characterized by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary moisture
4) not under, in, or on water:
to be on dry land[/ex]
5) not now containing or yielding water or other liquid; depleted or empty of liquid:
The well is dry[/ex]
6) not yielding milk:
a dry cow[/ex]
7) free from tears:
dry eyes[/ex]
8) drained or evaporated away:
a dry river[/ex]
9) desiring drink; thirsty
10) causing thirst:
dry work[/ex]
11) coo served or eaten without butter, jam, etc.:
dry toast[/ex]
12) coo (of bread, rolls, etc.) stale
13) of or pertaining to nonliquid substances or commodities:
dry measure; dry provisions[/ex]
14) dehydrated
15) vin (esp. of wines) not sweet
16) vin (of a cocktail) made with dry vermouth, esp. a relatively small amount
17) characterized by or favoring prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors for use in beverages:
a dry state[/ex]
18) free from the use of alcoholic drink; sober
19) plain; bald; unadorned:
dry facts[/ex]
20) dull; uninteresting:
a dry subject[/ex]
21) expressed in a straight-faced, matter-of-fact way:
dry humor[/ex]
22) indifferent; cold; unemotional:
a dry answer[/ex]
23) unproductive:
The greatest of artists have dry years[/ex]
24) bui (of lumber) fully seasoned
25) bui
a) (of masonry construction) built without fresh mortar or cement
b) (of a wall, ceiling, etc., in an interior) finished without the use of fresh plaster
26) to make dry; free from moisture:
to dry the dishes[/ex]
27) to become dry; lose moisture
28) phv dry out
phv to undergo detoxification after drug or alcohol abuse
29) phv dry up
a) to cease to exist; evaporate
b) Informal. to stop talking
c) (in acting) to forget one's lines or part
30) a prohibitionist
31) a dry area
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE drȳge; akin to MD drōghe, OHG trockan; cf. drought dry′a•ble, adj. dry′ly, adv. dry′ness, n. syn: dry, arid both mean without moisture. dry is the general word indicating absence of water or freedom from moisture, which may be favorable or unfavorable: a dry well; a dry bath towel. arid suggests intense dryness in a region or climate, resulting in bareness or in barrenness: arid tracts of desert.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • dry — [ draj ] adj. inv. et n. m. • 1877; mot angl. « sec » ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Sec, en parlant du champagne, du vermouth. ⇒aussi extra dry. 2 ♦ N. m. (1951) Cocktail au gin et au vermouth. ⇒ martini. Des drys ou des dry …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • dry — adj 1 Dry, arid mean devoid of moisture. Dry may suggest freedom from noticeable moisture either as a characteristic or as a desirable state {a dry climate} {1dry clothing} {dry land} {dry provisions} …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dry — [drī] adj. drier, driest [ME drie < OE dryge, akin to Ger trocken, Du droog < IE * dhereugh , fast, firm, solid (< base * dher , to hold out, hold fast > FIRM1)] 1. not watery; not under water [dry land] 2. having no moisture; not wet …   English World dictionary

  • Dry — or dryness may refer to: Lack of water Prohibiting alcohol (see Dry county) Dryness (taste), the lack of sugar in a drink, especially an alcoholic one (not to be confused with the meaning listed above) Dryness (medical) Dryness (drought) Dry… …   Wikipedia

  • Dry — Dry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drying}.] [AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See {Dry}, a.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry up — {v.} 1. To become dry. * /The reservoir dried up during the four month drought./ 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. * /The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office./ 3. {slang} To stop talking. Often used as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dry up — {v.} 1. To become dry. * /The reservoir dried up during the four month drought./ 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. * /The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office./ 3. {slang} To stop talking. Often used as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dry — 〈[ draı] Adj.〉 trocken, herb, ohne Zuckerzusatz (Wein, Sekt) [engl.] * * * dry [dra̮i ] <indekl. Adj.; nachgestellt [engl. dry, verw. mit ↑ trocken]: (von Sekt, Wein o. Ä.) herb, trocken. * * * dry   [draɪ; englisch »trocken«],     …   Universal-Lexikon

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