Noun: drier drI(-u)r
Adjective: dry (drier,driest,dryer,dryest) drI
- A substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
- desiccant, drying agent, siccative
- An appliance that removes moisture
"proof the materials against shrinking in the drier";
- Free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
"dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"
- Humorously sarcastic or mocking
- ironic, ironical, wry
- Lacking moisture or volatile components
- Opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages
"the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state"
- Not producing milk
"a dry cow"
- (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation
"a dry white burgundy"; "a dry Bordeaux"
- Without a mucous or watery discharge
"a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"
- Not shedding tears
"dry sobs"; "with dry eyes"
- Lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless
"a dry book"; "a dry lecture filled with trivial details";
- Used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
- Unproductive especially of the expected results
"a dry run"; "a mind dry of new ideas"
- Having no adornment or coloration
"dry facts"; "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
- (of food) eaten without a spread, sauce or other garnish
"dry toast"; "dry meat"
- Having a large proportion of strong liquor
"a very dry martini is almost straight gin"
- Lacking warmth or emotional involvement
"a dry greeting"; "a dry reading of the lines"; "a dry critique"
- Practising complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
"he's been dry for ten years";
Derived forms: driers
See also: adust [archaic], air-dried, air-dry, alcoholic, arid, baked, bone dry, bone-dry, brut, desiccated, dried, dried-out, dried-up, dry-eyed, dry-shod, humorous, humourous [Brit, Cdn, non-standard], kiln-dried, medium-dry, milkless, nonsweet, parched, plain, rainless, scorched, sear, sec, semiarid, semi-dry, sere, shriveled [US], shrivelled [Brit, Cdn], sober, solid, sour, sugarless, sunbaked, tearless, thirsty, unemotional, unexciting, unproductive, unstimulating, unsweet, waterless, wetness, withered
Type of: appliance, chemical agent
Antonym: phlegmy, sweet, wet
Encyclopedia: Drier Dry, Loiret