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Definition of dry:

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


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