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dry (adjective)
1.
a) free or relatively free from a liquid and especially water
b) not being in or under water
c) lacking precipitation or humidity
2.
a) characterized by exhaustion of a supply of liquid - a dry well
b) devoid of running water - a dry ravine
c) devoid of natural moisture - my throat was dry
d) no longer sticky or damp
e) not giving milk - a dry cow
f) lacking freshness - stale
g) - anhydrous
3.
a) marked by the absence or scantiness of secretions - a dry cough
b) not shedding or accompanied by tears - a dry sob
4.
obsolete involving no bloodshed or drowning - I would fain die a dry death Shakespeare
5.
a) marked by the absence of alcoholic beverages - a dry party
b) prohibiting the manufacture or distribution of alcoholic beverages - a dry county
6.
served or eaten without butter or margarine - dry toast
7.
a) lacking sweetness - sec dry champagne
b) having all or most sugar fermented to alcohol - a dry wine dry beer
8.
a) solid as opposed to liquid - dry groceries
b) reduced to powder or flakes - dehydrated dry milk
9.
functioning without lubrication - a dry clutch
10.
of natural gas containing no recoverable hydrocarbon (as gasoline)
11.
requiring no liquid in preparation or operation - a dry photocopying process
12.
a) not showing or communicating warmth, enthusiasm, or tender feeling - severe a dry style of painting
b) - wearisome uninteresting dry passages of description
c) lacking embellishment - plain
13.
a) not yielding what is expected or desired - unproductive a writer going through a dry spell
b) having no personal bias or emotional concern - the dry light of reason
c) - reserved aloof
14.
marked by matter-of-fact, ironic, or terse manner of expression - a dry wit
15.
lacking smooth sound qualities - a dry rasping voice
16.
being a dry run - a dry rehearsal
dry (verb)
transitive verb
intransitive verb
to make dry to become dry
dry (noun)
1.
the condition of being dry - dryness
2.
something dry , especially a dry place
3.
- prohibitionist
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
dry (adjective)
1.
marked by little or no precipitation or humidity
SYNONIMS:
arid, droughty, sere ( sear), thirsty, waterless
RELATED WORDS:
air-dry; bone-dry, hyperarid, ultradry; baked, dehydrated, parched, sunbaked; rainless; desert, desertic, desertlike, xerothermic
NEAR ANTONYMS:
awash, bathed, doused ( dowsed), drenched, dripping, saturated, soaked, soaking, sodden, soggy, sopping, soppy, soused, washed, watered, waterlogged, watery; deluged, drowned, flooded, inundated, overflowed; submerged, swamped; hydrated
damp, dank, humid, moist, wet
dry (adjective)
2.
causing weariness, restlessness, or lack of interest
SYNONIMS:
arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying
RELATED WORDS:
aseptic, barren, blah, dullish, pleasureless, prosaic, prosy, soggy, spiritless; blank, earthbound, gray ( grey), inanimate, pallid, pedantic, sterile, suspenseless, undramatic, uneventful, unexciting, unimaginative, uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular; annoying, bothersome, irksome, irritating; longsome; palling; draining, enervating, exhausting, fatiguing, wearing; debilitating, enfeebling; demoralizing, discouraging, disheartening, dispiriting; common, commonplace, ordinary, tepid, unexceptional, unsurprising, vapid; cumbersome, lumbering, plodding, poky ( pokey)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous ( marvellous), sensational, spectacular, surprising, wonderful, wondrous; animating, breathtaking, electrifying, energizing, enlivening, exciting, exhilarating, galvanizing, hair-raising, inspiring, invigorating, rip-roaring, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling; amusing, diverting, entertaining; moving, poignant, touching; alluring, attracting, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, captivating, charming, enchanting, enthralling, entrancing, fascinating; mesmerizing, spellbinding; suspenseful; arresting, provocative, tantalizing
absorbing, engaging, engrossing, gripping, interesting, intriguing, involving, riveting
dry (adjective)
3.
having or showing a lack of friendliness or interest in others
SYNONIMS:
aloof, antisocial, asocial, buttoned-up, cold, cold-eyed, detached, distant, dry, frosty, offish, remote, standoff, standoffish, unbending, unclubbable, unsociable
RELATED WORDS:
indrawn, introverted, nongregarious, recessive, reclusive, reserved, unsocial, withdrawn; misanthropic; apathetic, hard, indifferent, unconcerned; clinical, dispassionate, impersonal, professional; disinterested, incurious, uninterested; reticent, silent, taciturn, uncommunicative; diffident, shy, timid; cliquey, cliquish, clubbish
NEAR ANTONYMS:
boon, clubbable ( clubable), clubby, companionable, convivial, extroverted ( extraverted), gregarious, outgoing; communicative, expansive, garrulous, talkative; affable, folksy, genial, gracious, hospitable; agreeable, amiable, congenial, kindly, neighborly
cordial, friendly, sociable, social, warm
dry (verb)
1.
to make dry
SYNONIMS:
dehydrate, desiccate, parch, scorch, sear
RELATED WORDS:
dehumidify; drain; evaporate; mummify, shrivel, wither, wizen; air-dry, bake
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bathe, deluge, douse ( dowse), drench, drown, flood, inundate, overflow, saturate, soak, sop, souse, waterlog; damp, dampen, humidify, moisten; rehydrate; dip, dunk, submerge, swamp
hydrate, wash, water, wet
dry (verb)
2.
to lose liveliness, force, or freshness
SYNONIMS:
dry, wilt
RELATED WORDS:
mummify, shrivel, wizen; decline, fade, wane; decrease, diminish, lessen
NEAR ANTONYMS:
freshen, revive; bloom, flourish, prosper, thrive; develop, grow, increase, wax; crest, peak, surge
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