Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
adj. 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" [ant: wet]
humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit" [syn: ironic, ironical, wry]
opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages; "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state" [ant: wet]
not producing milk; "a dry cow" [ant: wet]
(of wines) not sweet because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation; "a dry white burgundy" [ant: sweet]
without a mucous or watery discharge; "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose" [ant: phlegmy]
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"; "dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to...life"- John Mason Brown [syn: juiceless]
used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones; "dry weight"
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 or sauce or other garnish; "dry toast"; "dry meat"
suffering from fluid deprivation; "his mouth was dry"
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"
practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages; "he's been dry for ten years"; "no thank you; I happen to be teetotal" [syn: teetotal]
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Dried \Dried\ (dr[imac]d), imp. & p. p. of Dry. Also adj.; as, dried apples.
Dry \Dry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dried; p. pr. & vb. n. Drying.] [AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See Dry, a.] 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. To dry up.
To scorch or parch with thirst; to deprive utterly of water; to consume.
Their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. -- Is. v. 13.
The water of the sea, which formerly covered it, was in time exhaled and dried up by the sun.
To make to cease, as a stream of talk.
Their sources of revenue were dried up. -- Jowett (Thucyd. )
To dry a cow, or To dry up a cow, to cause a cow to cease secreting milk.
1 Without water or moisture. 2 (Usually foods) cured, preserved. Having been dried by a process. Such as dried fruit, dried fish, dried meat, etc. v
Usage examples of "dried".
Black and blue halos rimmed her eyes, and her cheeks were abraided, with dried blood at one corner of her mouth.
A small area of abrasion or contusion was on the cheek near the right ear, and a prominent dried abrasion was on the lower left side of the neck.
The braziers began giving off a thick, resinous, overly sweet smoke with something astringent to it but I had no way of knowing if it was, in fact, the perfume the grimoire had specified for operations ruled by the planet Mercury: a mixture of mastic, frankincense, cinquefoil, achates, and the dried and powdered brains of a fox.
An excellent poison can be swiftly produced under field conditions by boiling two baskets of oleander leaves, distilling the essence, and adding three ounces of dried aconite tubers.