What does DRY mean?

Definitions for DRYdraɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word DRY.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dry, prohibitionist(adj)

    a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages

  2. dry(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"

  3. dry, ironic, ironical, wry(adj)

    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"

  4. dry(adj)

    lacking moisture or volatile components

    "dry paint"

  5. dry(adj)

    opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages

    "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state"

  6. dry(adj)

    not producing milk

    "a dry cow"

  7. dry(adj)

    (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation

    "a dry white burgundy"; "a dry Bordeaux"

  8. dry(adj)

    without a mucous or watery discharge

    "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"

  9. dry(adj)

    not shedding tears

    "dry sobs"; "with dry eyes"

  10. dry, juiceless(adj)

    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

  11. dry(adj)

    used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones

    "dry weight"

  12. dry(adj)

    unproductive especially of the expected results

    "a dry run"; "a mind dry of new ideas"

  13. dry(adj)

    having no adornment or coloration

    "dry facts"; "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"

  14. dry(adj)

    (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish

    "dry toast"; "dry meat"

  15. dry(adj)

    having a large proportion of strong liquor

    "a very dry martini is almost straight gin"

  16. dry(adj)

    lacking warmth or emotional involvement

    "a dry greeting"; "a dry reading of the lines"; "a dry critique"

  17. dry, teetotal(verb)

    practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages

    "he's been dry for ten years"; "no thank you; I happen to be teetotal"

  18. dry, dry out(verb)

    remove the moisture from and make dry

    "dry clothes"; "dry hair"

  19. dry, dry out(verb)

    become dry or drier

    "The laundry dries in the sun"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dry

    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: (a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist

  2. Dry

    of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay

  3. Dry

    of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry

  4. Dry

    of persons: Thirsty; needing drink

  5. Dry

    of the eyes: Not shedding tears

  6. Dry

    of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh

  7. Dry

    destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain

  8. Dry

    characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit

  9. Dry

    exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring

  10. Dry(adj)

    to make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet cloth; to dry hay

  11. Dry(verb)

    to grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly

  12. Dry(verb)

    to evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture, or a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up

  13. Dry(verb)

    to shrivel or wither; to lose vitality

  14. Origin: [OE. drue, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. drge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. Drought, Drouth, 3d Drug.]


  1. Dry

    Dry is the debut studio album by English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey, released on 30 March 1992 on Too Pure Records. The album was recorded at The Icehouse, a local studio in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The first 5000 LPs and first 1000 CDs included demo versions of the album's tracks and Dry was subsequently released in the United States on Indigo Records in the US. Both versions were released in 1992.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dry

    drī, adj. free from, deficient in, moisture, sap: not green: not giving milk: thirsty: uninteresting: (obs.) hard: frigid, precise: free from sweetness and fruity flavour (of wines, &c.).—v.t. to free from water or moisture: to exhaust.—v.i. to become dry, to evaporate entirely—both used also with prep. up:—pr.p. dry′ing; pa.p. dried.—n. and adj. Dry′asdust, the pretended editor or introducer of some of Scott's novels—a synonym for a dull and pedantic though learned person.—v.t. Dry′-beat (Shak.), to beat severely, or so as to be dry.—ns. Dry′-bob, a slang name used at Eton for boys who play cricket, football, &c.—opp. to the Wet-bob, who makes rowing his recreation; Dry′-dock (see Dock).—adj. Dry′-eyed, tearless.—n. Dry′-foot (Shak.), like a dog which pursues game by the scent of its foot.—n.pl. Dry′-goods, drapery, &c., as distinguished from groceries, hardware, &c.—n. Dry′-light, a clear, unobstructed light: an unprejudiced view.—advs. Dry′ly, Drī′ly.—ns. Dry′-meas′ure (see Measure); Dry′ness; Dry′-nurse, a nurse who feeds a child without milk from the breast; Dry′-plate, a sensitised photographic plate, with which a picture may be made without the preliminary use of a bath; Dry′-point, a sharp needle by which fine lines are drawn in copperplate engraving; Dry′-rot, a decay of timber caused by fungi which reduce it to a dry, brittle mass: (fig.) a concealed decay or degeneration.—v.t. Dry′-salt, to cure meat by salting and drying.—ns. Dry′salter, a dealer in gums, dyes, drugs, &c.: (obs.) or in salted or dry meats, pickles, &c.; Dry′saltery.—adj. Dry′-shod, without wetting the shoes or feet.—n. Dry′-steam, steam containing no unevaporated water.—adj. Dry′-stone, built of stone without mortar, as some walls.—n. Dry′-stove, a kind of hot-house for preserving the plants of dry, warm climates.—Cut and dried (see Cut).—High and dry (see High). [A.S. dr['y]ge; cf. Dut. droog, Ger. trocken.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dry

    Used to describe a piece of clothing or substance that has not got water or moisture in it.

    If the clothes are dry - they have not got water or moisture in them. If a food product is dry it has not got water or moisture in it e.g. dried powdered milk or oatmeal.

  2. dry

    In meterology it is a day or period of time where there is not an amount of humidity or rain in the atmosphere.

    After a few days of rain we all welcome a dry day or period of time where it is dry.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1989

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1620

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRY' in Verbs Frequency: #587

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRY' in Adjectives Frequency: #242


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DRY in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DRY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dan Backer:

    It’s really cut and dry.

  2. Steny Hoyer:

    We're holding our powder dry.

  3. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 1:

    I would fain die a dry death.

  4. John Webster:

    There's nothing sooner dry than women's tears.

  5. Marc Seidner:

    That's where you have to have some dry powder.

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