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Definition of 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

If I'm left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling.
Olivia Wilde

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

You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing.
Warren Buffett

Some experts say we are moving back to the pre-antibiotic era. No. This will be a post-antibiotic era. In terms of new replacement antibiotics, the pipeline is virtually dry. A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill.
Margaret Chan

You have to eat oatmeal or you'll dry up. Anybody knows that.
Kay Thompson
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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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