Meaning of DRY in English

DRY

(drier, or ~er, driest, dries, ~ing, dried)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

If something is ~, there is no water or moisture on it or in it.

Clean the metal with a soft ~ cloth...

Pat it ~ with a soft towel...

Once the paint is ~, apply a coat of the red ochre emulsion paint...

? wet, damp

ADJ

~ness

...the parched ~ness of the air.

N-UNCOUNT

2.

When something dries or when you ~ it, it becomes ~.

Leave your hair to ~ naturally whenever possible...

Wash and ~ the lettuce...

VERB: V, V n

3.

When you ~ the dishes after a meal, you wipe the water off the plates, cups, knives, pans, and other things when they have been washed, using a cloth.

Mrs. Madrigal began ~ing dishes.

= wipe

VERB: V n

Dry up means the same as ~ . (BRIT)

He got up and stood beside Julie, ~ing up the dishes while she washed.

PHRASAL VERB: V P n (not pron)

4.

If you say that your skin or hair is ~, you mean that it is less oily than, or not as soft as, normal.

Nothing looks worse than ~, cracked lips...

? greasy

ADJ

~ness

Dryness of the skin can also be caused by living in centrally heated homes and offices.

N-UNCOUNT

5.

If the weather or a period of time is ~, there is no rain or there is much less rain than average.

Exceptionally ~ weather over the past year had cut agricultural production...

? wet

ADJ

6.

A ~ place or climate is one that gets very little rainfall.

...a hot, ~ climate where the sun is shining all the time.

= arid

? wet

ADJ: usu ADJ n

~ness

He was advised to spend time in the warmth and ~ness of Italy.

N-UNCOUNT

7.

In the ~ means in a place or at a time that is not damp, wet, or rainy. (mainly BRIT)

Such cars, however, do grip the road well, even in the ~.

? wet

N-SING: the N, usu in N

8.

If a river, lake, or well is ~, it is empty of water, usually because of hot weather and lack of rain.

ADJ

9.

If an oil well is ~, it is no longer producing any oil.

ADJ: usu v-link ADJ

10.

If your mouth or throat is ~, it has little or no saliva in it, and so feels very unpleasant, perhaps because you are tense or ill.

His mouth was ~, he needed a drink...

ADJ: usu v-link ADJ

~ness

Symptoms included frequent ~ness in the mouth.

N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp

11.

If someone has ~ eyes, there are no tears in their eyes; often used with negatives or in contexts where you are expressing surprise that they are not crying.

There were few ~ eyes in the house when I finished...

? moist

ADJ

12.

If a country, state, or city is ~, it has laws or rules which forbid anyone to drink, sell, or buy alcoholic drink. (INFORMAL)

Gujurat has been a totally ~ state for the past thirty years.

= teetotal

ADJ

13.

If you say that someone is sucking something ~ or milking it ~, you are criticizing them for taking all the good things from it until there is nothing left.

He’s just milking the company ~.

ADJ: v n ADJ disapproval

14.

Dry humour is very amusing, but in a subtle and clever way.

Fulton has retained his ~ humour...

ADJ: usu ADJ n approval

drily

‘That is surprising.’—‘Hardly,’ I said drily.

ADV: ADV with v, ADV adj

~ness

Her writing has a wry ~ness.

N-UNCOUNT

15.

If you describe something such as a book, play, or activity as ~, you mean that it is dull and uninteresting.

...~, academic phrases.

ADJ disapproval

16.

Dry bread or toast is plain and not covered with butter or jam.

For breakfast, they had ~ bread and tea.

ADJ: ADJ n

17.

Dry sherry or wine does not have a sweet taste.

...a glass of chilled, ~ white wine.

? sweet

ADJ

18.

high and ~: see high

home and ~: see home

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