Meaning of WET in English


[wet] adj wet.ter ; wet.test [ME, partly fr. pp. of weten to wet & partly fr. OE waet wet; akin to ON vatr wet, OE waeter water] (bef. 12c) 1 a: consisting of, containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (as water) b of natural gas: containing appreciable quantities of readily condensable hydrocarbons

2: rainy

3: still moist enough to smudge or smear "~ paint"

4. a: drunk 1a "a ~ driver" b: having or advocating a policy permitting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages "a ~ county" "a ~ candidate"

5: preserved in liquid

6: employing or done by means of or in the presence of water or other liquid "~ extraction of copper" 7: overly sentimental

8. Brit a: lacking strength of character: weak, spineless "thought him ~ and violence petrified him --William Golding" b: belonging to the moderate or liberal wing of the Conservative party -- adv -- wet.ness n -- all wet : completely wrong: in error -- wet behind the ears : immature, inexperienced syn wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usu. implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (as paint) not yet dry "slipped on the wet pavement". damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture "clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place". dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness "a prisoner in a cold, dank cell". moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry "treat the injury with moist heat". humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air "a hot, humid climate".

[2]wet n (bef. 12c) 1: water; also: moisture, wetness

2: rainy weather: rain

3: an advocate of a policy of permitting the sale of intoxicating liquors

4. Brit: one who is wet [3]wet vb wet or wet.ted ; wet.ting [ME, fr. OE waetan, fr. waet, adj.] vt (bef. 12c) 1: to make wet

2: to urinate in or on ~ vi 1: to become wet

2: urinate -- wet one's whistle : to take a drink esp. of liquor

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