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English adjective: dry

1. dry free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet


SamplesDry land.
Dry clothes.
A dry climate.
Dry splintery boards.
A dry river bed.
The paint is dry.


Similaradust, air-dried, air-dry, arid, baked, bone dry, bone-dry, desiccated, dried, dried-out, dried-up, dried-up, dry-shod, kiln-dried, parched, rainless, scorched, sear, semi-dry, semiarid, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, sunbaked, thirsty, waterless, withered


Attributewetness


Antonymswet

2. dry humorously sarcastic or mocking


SamplesDry humor.
An ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely.
An ironic novel.
An ironical smile.
With a wry Scottish wit.


Synonymsironic, ironical, wry


Similarhumorous, humourous


Antonymshumorless, humourless, unhumorous

3. dry lacking moisture or volatile components


SamplesDry paint.


Antonymswet

4. dry opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages


SamplesThe dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers.
A dry state.


Antonymswet

5. dry not producing milk


SamplesA dry cow.


Similarmilkless


Antonymslactating, wet

6. dry (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation


SamplesA dry white burgundy.
A dry Bordeaux.


Similarbrut, medium-dry, sec, unsweet


See alsononsweet, sour, sugarless


Antonymssweet

7. dry without a mucous or watery discharge


SamplesA dry cough.
That rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose.


Antonymsphlegmy

8. dry not shedding tears


SamplesDry sobs.
With dry eyes.


Similardry-eyed, tearless


Antonymstearful

9. dry lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless


SamplesA dry book.
A dry lecture filled with trivial details.
Dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to...life.


Synonymsjuiceless


Similarunexciting, unstimulating


Antonymsstimulating

10. dry used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones


SamplesDry weight.


Similarsolid


Antonymsgaseous, liquid

11. dry unproductive especially of the expected results


SamplesA dry run.
A mind dry of new ideas.


Similarunproductive


Antonymsproductive

12. dry having no adornment or coloration


SamplesDry facts.
Rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner.


Similarplain


Antonymsfancy

13. dry (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish


SamplesDry toast.
Dry meat.


Similarplain


Antonymsfancy

14. dry having a large proportion of strong liquor


SamplesA very dry martini is almost straight gin.


Similaralcoholic


Antonymsnonalcoholic

15. dry lacking warmth or emotional involvement


SamplesA dry greeting.
A dry reading of the lines.
A dry critique.


Similarunemotional


Antonymsemotional

16. dry practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages


SamplesHe's been dry for ten years.
No thank you; I happen to be teetotal.


Synonymsteetotal


Similarsober


Antonymsdrunk, inebriated, intoxicated


English noun: dry

1. dry (person) a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages


Synonymsprohibitionist


Broader (hypernym)crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer


Instance hyponymCarry Amelia Moore Nation, Carry Nation, Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard, Nation, Willard


English verb: dry

1. dry (change) remove the moisture from and make dry


SamplesDry clothes.
Dry hair.


Synonymsdry out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)air, blow-dry, dehumidify, dehydrate, dehydrate, desiccate, desiccate, drip-dry, dry up, exsiccate, parch, rough-dry, sear, spin-dry, spray-dry, tumble dry


Causedry, dry out


Antonymswet

2. dry (change) become dry or drier


SamplesThe laundry dries in the sun.


Synonymsdry out


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)dry out, run dry, scorch









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