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Definition of Dry

Dry

  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.
  2. Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
  3. Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
  4. Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
  5. Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
  6. Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
  7. Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain.
  8. Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit.
  9. Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring.
  10. 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.
  11. To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.
  12. To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture, or a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up.
  13. To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.

Dry Quotations

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode? - Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode?
Langston Hughes

I always have this image of a woman running across a desert carrying children, trying to find water and food, not knowing when they'll get that. And her feet are slashed up from the dry, hard earth... Even when I'm uncomfortable, sometimes in pain, or just cold... I think, 'Thank God for what I've got.'
Sue Townsend

Hating Wall Street is an American tradition that dates back even to the days when Thomas Jefferson cursed that money lover Alexander Hamilton. And for centuries, the complaints about it have largely stayed the same: 'It does nothing! It creates chaos! It's a parasite that sucks hardworking Americans dry!'
Adam Davidson

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
Clement Clarke Moore

Nature best teaches how to pray, and how to reverence all the gifts the Almighty has given us. She is like a vast outspread handkerchief, embroidered with God's eternal name, on which we may dry alike our tears of sorrow and of joy; she turns weeping into ecstasy, and fills our hearts with speechless, quiet reverence and resignation.
Robert Schumann
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Dry Translations

dry in Afrikaans is dor, droog
dry in Dutch is dor, droog
dry in Finnish is kuiva
dry in German is trocken, trocken, abtrocknen
dry in Italian is asciutto, asciugare, asciugare, secco
dry in Latin is siccus
dry in Portuguese is seco
dry in Spanish is seco, arido, arido, secar
dry in Swedish is torr, torka
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