- The definition of dry is something without moisture, water or liquid.
- An example of dry is chapped lips, dry lips.
- An example of dry is dishes that have been sitting in a dish drainer overnight, dry dishes.
A dry, cracked river bed.
dry definition by Webster's New World
- not watery; not under water: dry land
- having no moisture; not wet or damp
- not shedding tears
- lacking rain or water: a dry summer
- having lost liquid or moisture; specif.,
- arid; withered
- empty of water or other liquid
- needing water or drink; thirsty
- not yielding milk: a dry cow
- without butter, jam, etc. on it: dry toast
- solid; not liquid
- not sweet; unsweetened; sec: dry wine
- having no mucous or watery discharge: a dry cough
- ☆ prohibiting or opposed to the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages: a dry town
- not colored by emotion, prejudice, etc.; plain; matter-of-fact: dry facts
- clever and shrewd but ironic or subtle: dry wit
- not producing results; unfruitful: a dry interview
- boring, dull, or tedious: a dry lecture
- harsh; grating: said of a sound
- Obsolete without bleeding: a dry death
Origin: Middle English drie ; from Old English dryge, akin to German trocken, Dutch droog ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhereugh-, fast, firm, solid (; from base an unverified form dher-, to hold out, hold fast from source firm)
- Rare dryness or drought
- Rare dry land
- pl. drys☆ Informal a prohibitionist
dry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective dri·er or dry·er, dri·est or dry·est
- Free from liquid or moisture: changed to dry clothes.
- Having or characterized by little or no rain: a dry climate.
- Marked by the absence of natural or normal moisture: a dry month.
- Not under water: dry land.
- Having all the water or liquid drained away, evaporated, or exhausted: a dry river.
- No longer yielding liquid, especially milk: a dry cow.
- Lacking a mucous or watery discharge: a dry cough.
- Not shedding tears: dry sobs.
- Needing or desiring drink; thirsty: a dry mouth.
- No longer wet: The paint is dry.
- Of or relating to solid rather than liquid substances or commodities: dry weight.
- Not sweet as a result of the decomposition of sugar during fermentation. Used of wines.
- Having a large proportion of strong liquor to other ingredients: a dry martini.
- Eaten or served without butter, gravy, or other garnish: dry toast; dry meat.
- Having no adornment or coloration; plain: the dry facts.
- Devoid of bias or personal concern: presented a dry critique.
- a. Lacking tenderness, warmth, or involvement; severe: The actor gave a dry reading of the lines.b. Matter-of-fact or indifferent in manner: rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical tone.
- Wearisome; dull: a dry lecture filled with trivial details.
- Humorous or sarcastic in a shrewd, impersonal way: dry wit.
- Prohibiting or opposed to the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages: a dry county.
- 21. Unproductive of the expected results: a mind dry of new ideas.
- 22. Constructed without mortar or cement: dry masonry.
- To remove the moisture from; make dry: laundry dried by the sun.
- To preserve (meat or other foods, for example) by extracting the moisture.
Origin: Middle English drie, from Old English drȳge.
- dryˈly, driˈly adverb
- dryˈness noun
dry - Computer Definition
Referring to a current-carrying conductor or circuit that is not electrified or that carries current of such low voltage that it will not arc. Dry is a reference to the inability of the conductor or circuit to produce any result. See also circuit, conductor, current, dry copper pair, and voltage.
dry - Phrases/Idioms
- to make or become thoroughly dry
- Slang to withdraw from addiction to alcohol or a narcotic
- to make or become thoroughly dry; parch or wither
- to make or become unproductive, uncreative, etc.
- â Slang to stop talking
not dry behind the ears