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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1921, agent noun from de- + humidify.\n


n. A device for removing the moisture content from air


A dehumidifier is generally a household appliance which reduces the level of humidity in the air, usually for health or comfort reasons, or to eliminate musty odor. Large dehumidifiers are also used in commercial buildings such as indoor ice rinks to control the humidity level.

Usage examples of "dehumidifier".

It was obvious that sometime during his trip to China his dehumidifier had stopped working.

Back inside he scanned the panel to find the dehumidifier was now running.

Well, it melted snow, and eventually we came up with the idea of using it as a dehumidifier as part of an airconditioning system.

Maybe they should add a dehumidifier to the system, what they had now was working like a damned snow machine.

He kept a dehumidifier going to fight the damp of the concrete walls and floor.

Here the hum of an industrial-grade humidifieror maybe it was a dehumidifier, I never get that straightclicked on and off like the respirator for a culture on the critical list.

The air coolers and dehumidifiers were still not working, and the stench, combined with oppressive wet heat, overwhelmed the scents of antiseptics and astringents.

Buried in the ceiling, dehumidifiers hummed efficiently, working around the clock to give the station's living quarters the desiccated feel of the deserts of home.

Internal suit dehumidifiers struggled to keep them comfortable as they leaped from the ramp to the sodden ground atop the sea cliff.

He could taste the familiar tang of museum air—an arid, deionized essence that carried a faint hint of carbon—the product of industrial, coal-filter dehumidifiers that ran around the clock to counteract the corrosive carbon dioxide exhaled by visitors.

Nowadays we have modern air-conditioning equipment—ducts, pumps, fans, dehumidifiers, even carbon dioxide scrubbers.

CHAPTER 26 Silence was all Chloe heard when she could hear again, though it wasn't exactly silence, for, in contrast to the utter vacuum of deafness, silence was a mishmash of white noise: the faint hum of fluorescent lighting, the soft push of air from dehumidifiers installed to protect the ancient texts.

Most of the moisture came from plant and animal respiration, which was why the dehumidifiers were located by the agricultural zones.

Buried in the ceil­ing, dehumidifiers hummed efficiently, working around the clock to give the station's living quarters the desic­cated feel of the deserts of home.

But as he looked at it, he began to see the little differences and he knew that here was nothing he'd ever seen before or heard of - that it most certainly was not a wandering automatic washer or a delinquent dehumidifier.