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

Derived forms: dryers

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

Antonym: phlegmy, sweet, wet

Encyclopedia: Dryer, Matthew

Dry, Richard