Found 2 items, similar to Drier.
English → English
n : a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
v 1: remove the moisture from and make dry; “dry clothes”
[syn: dry out
] [ant: wet
2: become dry or drier; “The laundry dries in the sun”
[syn: dry out
n 1: a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide
absorbs water and is used to remove moisture) [syn: desiccant
2: an appliance that removes moisture [syn: dryer
adj 1: free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal
moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; “dry
; “dry clothes”
; “a dry climate”
; “dry splintery
; “a dry river bed”
; “the paint is dry”
2: humorously sarcastic or mocking; “dry humor”
; “an ironic
remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely”
; “an ironical smile”
; “with a wry Scottish
3: opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of
alcoholic beverages; “the dry vote led by preachers and
; “a dry state”
4: not producing milk; “a dry cow”
5: (of wines) not sweet because of decomposition of sugar
during fermentation; “a dry white burgundy”
6: without a mucous or watery discharge; “a dry cough”
rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry
7: not shedding tears; “dry sobs”
; “with dry eyes”
8: lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless; “a dry
; “a dry lecture filled with trivial details”
and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is
- John Mason Brown [syn: juiceless
9: used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones; “dry
10: unproductive especially of the expected results; “a dry
; “a mind dry of new ideas”
11: having no adornment or coloration; “dry facts”
; “rattled off
the facts in a dry mechanical manner”
12: (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish;
; “dry meat”
13: suffering from fluid deprivation; “his mouth was dry”
14: having a large proportion of strong liquor; “a very dry
martini is almost straight gin”
15: lacking warmth or emotional involvement; “a dry greeting”
“a dry reading of the lines”
; “a dry critique”
16: practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages;
“he's been dry for ten years”
; “no thank you; I happen to
English → English
1. One who, or that which, dries; that which may expel or
absorb moisture; a desiccative; as, the sun and a
northwesterly wind are great driers of the earth.
2. (Paint.) Drying oil; a substance mingled with the oil used
in oil painting to make it dry quickly.
, compar., Driest \Dri"est\
(dr[imac]), a. [Compar. Drier
; superl. Driest
[OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG.
dr["o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a
dry log. Cf. Drought
, 3d Drug
1. 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
(a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist.
The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the
(b) Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not
succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
(c) Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
(d) Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
Give the dry fool drink. -- Shak
(e) Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly. --
(f) (Med.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is
entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry
gangrene; dry catarrh.
2. Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren;
unembellished; jejune; plain.
These epistles will become less dry, more
susceptible of ornament. --Pope.
3. Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or
hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone
or manner; dry wit.
He was rather a dry, shrewd kind of body. --W.
4. (Fine Arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of
execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and
of easy transition in coloring.
(Arch.), a small open space reserved outside the
foundation of a building to guard it from damp.
(a) (Med.) A blow which inflicts no wound, and causes no
effusion of blood.
(b) A quick, sharp blow.
(Min.), Smithsonite, or carbonate of zinc; -- a
(Zo["o]l.) a kind of beaver; -- called also
. (Med.) See under Cupping
. See under Dock
. See Dry vat
, pure unobstructed light; hence, a clear,
impartial view. --Bacon.
The scientific man must keep his feelings under
stern control, lest they obtrude into his
researches, and color the dry light in which alone
science desires to see its objects. -- J. C.
. See Masonry
, a system of measures of volume for dry or
coarse articles, by the bushel, peck, etc.
(Physics), a form of the Voltaic pile, constructed
without the use of a liquid, affording a feeble current,
and chiefly useful in the construction of electroscopes of
great delicacy; -- called also Zamboni's
, from the names
of the two earliest constructors of it.
(Steam Engine), a pipe which conducts dry steam
from a boiler.
(Photog.), a glass plate having a dry coating
sensitive to light, upon which photographic negatives or
pictures can be made, without moistening.
, the process of photographing with dry
. (Fine Arts)
(a) An engraving made with the needle instead of the
burin, in which the work is done nearly as in etching,
but is finished without the use acid.
(b) A print from such an engraving, usually upon paper.
(c) Hence: The needle with which such an engraving is
(Eng. Law), a rent reserved by deed, without a
clause of distress. --Bouvier.
, a decay of timber, reducing its fibers to the
condition of a dry powdery dust, often accompanied by the
presence of a peculiar fungus (Merulius lacrymans
which is sometimes considered the cause of the decay; but
it is more probable that the real cause is the
decomposition of the wood itself. --D. C. Eaton. Called
also sap rot
, and, in the United States, powder post
, a hothouse adapted to preserving the plants of
arid climates. --Brande & C.
, a vat, basket, or other receptacle for dry
, that in which the saccharine matter and
fermentation were so exactly balanced, that they have
wholly neutralized each other, and no sweetness is
perceptible; -- opposed to sweet wine
, in which the
saccharine matter is in excess.