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Adjective: dry (drier,driest,dryer,dryest)  drI
  1. 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"
     
  2. Lacking moisture or volatile components
    "dry paint"
     
  3. Opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages
    "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state"
     
  4. Not producing milk
    "a dry cow"
     
  5. (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation
    "a dry white burgundy"; "a dry Bordeaux"
     
  6. Without a mucous or watery discharge
    "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"
     
  7. Humorously sarcastic or mocking
    "dry humour";
    - ironic, ironical, wry
     
  8. Not shedding tears
    "dry sobs"; "with dry eyes"
     
  9. Lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless
    "a dry book"; "a dry lecture filled with trivial details";
    - juiceless
     
  10. Used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
    "dry weight"
     
  11. Unproductive especially of the expected results
    "a dry run"; "a mind dry of new ideas"
     
  12. Having no adornment or coloration
    "dry facts"; "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
     
  13. (of food) eaten without a spread, sauce or other garnish
    "dry toast"; "dry meat"
     
  14. Having a large proportion of strong liquor
    "a very dry martini is almost straight gin"
     
  15. Lacking warmth or emotional involvement
    "a dry greeting"; "a dry reading of the lines"; "a dry critique"
     
  16. Practising complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
    "he's been dry for ten years";
    - teetotal
Verb: dry  drI
  1. Remove the moisture from and make dry
    "dry hair"; "dry clothes";
    - dry out
     
  2. Become dry or drier
    "The laundry dries in the sun";
    - dry out
Noun: dry (drys,dries)  drI
  1. A reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
    - prohibitionist

Derived forms: dries, drying, dryest, driest, drier, dried, drys

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: alter, change, crusader, meliorist, modify, reformer, reformist, social reformer

Antonym: phlegmy, sweet, wet

Encyclopedia: Dry, Mark