The Collaborative International Dictionary
Drier \Dri"er\, n.
One who, or that which, dries; that which may expel or absorb moisture; a desiccative; as, the sun and a northwesterly wind are great driers of the earth.
(Paint.) Drying oil; a substance mingled with the oil used in oil painting to make it dry quickly.
Drier \Dri"er\, compar., Driest \Dri"est\, superl., of Dry, a.
Dry \Dry\ (dr[imac]), a. [Compar. Drier; superl. Driest.] [OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dr["o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. Drought, Drouth, 3d Drug.]
Free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid; not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; -- said especially:
Of the weather: Free from rain or mist.
The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the season.
Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
Give the dry fool drink. -- Shak
Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly. -- Prescott.
(Med.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain.
These epistles will become less dry, more susceptible of ornament.
Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit.
He was rather a dry, shrewd kind of body.
(Fine Arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring. Dry area (Arch.), a small open space reserved outside the foundation of a building to guard it from damp. Dry blow.
(Med.) A blow which inflicts no wound, and causes no effusion of blood.
A quick, sharp blow. Dry bone (Min.), Smithsonite, or carbonate of zinc; -- a miner's term. Dry castor (Zo["o]l.) a kind of beaver; -- called also parchment beaver. Dry cupping. (Med.) See under Cupping. Dry dock. See under Dock. Dry fat. See Dry vat (below). Dry light, pure unobstructed light; hence, a clear, impartial view. --Bacon. The scientific man must keep his feelings under stern control, lest they obtrude into his researches, and color the dry light in which alone science desires to see its objects. -- J. C. Shairp. Dry masonry. See Masonry. Dry measure, a system of measures of volume for dry or coarse articles, by the bushel, peck, etc. Dry pile (Physics), a form of the Voltaic pile, constructed without the use of a liquid, affording a feeble current, and chiefly useful in the construction of electroscopes of great delicacy; -- called also Zamboni's, from the names of the two earliest constructors of it. Dry pipe (Steam Engine), a pipe which conducts dry steam from a boiler. Dry plate (Photog.), a glass plate having a dry coating sensitive to light, upon which photographic negatives or pictures can be made, without moistening. Dry-plate process, the process of photographing with dry plates. Dry point. (Fine Arts)
An engraving made with the needle instead of the burin, in which the work is done nearly as in etching, but is finished without the use acid.
A print from such an engraving, usually upon paper.
Hence: The needle with which such an engraving is made.
Dry rent (Eng. Law), a rent reserved by deed, without a clause of distress.
Dry rot, a decay of timber, reducing its fibers to the condition of a dry powdery dust, often accompanied by the presence of a peculiar fungus ( Merulius lacrymans), which is sometimes considered the cause of the decay; but it is more probable that the real cause is the decomposition of the wood itself.
--D. C. Eaton. Called also sap rot, and, in the United States, powder post.
Dry stove, a hothouse adapted to preserving the plants of arid climates.
--Brande & C.
Dry vat, a vat, basket, or other receptacle for dry articles.
Dry wine, that in which the saccharine matter and fermentation were so exactly balanced, that they have wholly neutralized each other, and no sweetness is perceptible; -- opposed to sweet wine, in which the saccharine matter is in excess.
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]
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Etymology 1 n. 1 One who, or that which, dries; a desiccative. 2 (context chiefly British Canadian English) Any substance that accelerates drying. 3 (context chiefly British Canadian English) Catalyst used to promote the drying of paints and varnishes by oxidative crosslinking. 4 (alternative spelling of dryer English) Etymology 2
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
see dry (v.).
Usage examples of "drier".
But at midnight, just as the drier is drawing the hops, a thunderstorm bursts, and the blue lightning lights up the red cone without, blue as the sulphur flames creeping over the charcoal within.
After passing an afternoon with the drier in the kiln, seated close to a great heap of hops and inhaling the odour, I was in a condition of agreeable excitement all the evening.
The drier garbage is, the less flies will be attracted to it, so first drain it as much as possible.
George would have had an electric box of tricks for regulating the length of exposures, a mass of developing equipment and a drier for drying the finished prints.
With all five in the drier I sat for ages staring into space, thinking disjointed thoughts.
I but reach them they would make at least a drier bed than this of mine, and at that thought, turning over, I found all my muscles as stiff as iron, the sinews of my neck and forearms a mass of agonies and no more fit to swim me to those reedy swamps, which now, as pain and hunger began to tell, seemed to wear the aspects of paradise.
CHAPTER XVIII Hotter and hotter grew that stifling spell, more and more languid man and beast, drier and drier the parching earth.
Conan drew his own weapon as the two of them attained the drier, but still damp stone floor.
She wrapped herself in the cape, which was hardly drier than her own clothing.
Minghy that the drier rattles this whole apartment, but you might as well be whistling in the wind, for all the good that does.
The sound of the drier fit in with that notion, though anyone could have been using it.
Aine, looking more robust now that she was warm and a little drier, jumped in to console her in a way that was so touching it brought a sting to my own eyes.
It enables the planter to produce a drier bean, and one which has, when roasted, a finer flavour, colour, and aroma, than the unfermented.
Barrier Range, whose slopes, while not nearly so steep as those of the Upper Spine Mountains, were far drier and composed of a combination of ancient lava and red sandstone.
Some few remained in the warmer lands, but even they preferred drier or higher lands.