• (superl.) 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.
• (superl.) Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not
succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
• (superl.) Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
• (superl.) Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
• (superl.) Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
• (superl.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or
comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
• (superl.) Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren;
unembellished; jejune; plain.
• (superl.) Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or
hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry
• (superl.) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or
the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in
• (a.) 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.
• (v. i.) To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or
juice; as, the road dries rapidly.
• (v. i.) To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture, or
a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up.
• (v. i.) To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.