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Definition 1: a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for dry in the sense of this definition

(dry is a kind of ...) a disputant who advocates reform

(... is an instance of dry) United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)

(... is an instance of dry) United States advocate of temperance and women's suffrage (1839-1898)

Definition 2: become dry or drier - [verb of change]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The laundry dries in the sun

Synonyms for dry in the sense of this definition

(dry is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of dry ) become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions

"The exposed tree scorched in the hot sun"

(... is a kind of dry ) become empty of water

"The river runs dry in the summer"

Definition 3: remove the moisture from and make dry - [verb of change]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dry clothes
  • dry hair

Synonyms for dry in the sense of this definition

(dry is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of dry ) dry by hanging up wet

(... is a kind of dry ) dry hair with a hair dryer

(... is a kind of dry ) dry without smoothing or ironing

"rough-dry the laundry"

(... is a kind of dry ) cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat

"The sun parched the earth"

(... is a kind of dry ) make less humid

"The air conditioner dehumidifies the air in the summer"

(... is a kind of dry ) dry by bringing into the form of a spray, through contact with a hot gas

(... is a kind of dry ) dry by spinning with hot air inside a cylinder

"These fabrics are delicate and cannot be tumbled dry"

(... is a kind of dry ) dry (clothes) by spinning and making use of centrifugal forces

(... is a kind of dry ) remove water from

"All this exercise and sweating has dehydrated me"

(... is a kind of dry ) lose water or moisture

"In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly"

(... is a kind of dry ) expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry

"Air linen"

(dry causes ...) become dry or drier

"The laundry dries in the sun"

Definition 4: free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dry land
  • dry clothes
  • a dry climate
  • dry splintery boards
  • a dry river bed
  • the paint is dry

(dry is similar to ...) needing moisture

"thirsty fields under a rainless sky"

(dry is similar to ...) somewhat dry

"swabbing left the deck semi-dry but still slippery"

(dry is similar to ...) somewhat arid

"a semiarid region with little annual rainfall"

(dry is similar to ...) lacking rain

"a rainless month" "rainless skies"

(dry is similar to ...) dried in a kiln

(dry is similar to ...) having or keeping the feet or shoes dry

"a land bridge over which man and beasts could have crossed dry-shod"

(dry is similar to ...) (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture

"dried-up grass" "the desert was edged with sere vegetation" "shriveled leaves on the unwatered seedlings" "withered vines"

(dry is similar to ...) depleted of water

"a dried-up water hole"

(dry is similar to ...) not still wet

"the ink has dried" "a face marked with dried tears"

(dry is similar to ...) thoroughly dried out

"old boxes of desiccated Cuban cigars" "dried-out boards beginning to split"

(dry is similar to ...) without a trace of moisture; as dry as a weathered bone

"bone-dry leaves are a fire hazard" "a drier to get the clothes bone dry"

(dry is similar to ...) lacking sufficient water or rainfall

"an arid climate" "a waterless well" "miles of waterless country to cross"

(dry is similar to ...) not giving off moisture on exposure to the air

(dry is similar to ...) made dry by contact with unheated air

(dry is similar to ...) dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight

"a vast desert all adust" "land lying baked in the heat" "parched soil" "the earth was scorched and bare" "sunbaked salt flats"

(... are attributes of dry) the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)

"he confirmed the wetness of the swimming trunks"

Definition 5: not producing milk - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dry cow

(dry is similar to ...) having no milk

"milkless breasts"

Definition 6: (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dry white burgundy
  • a dry Bordeaux

(dry is similar to ...) (of champagne) extremely dry

(dry is similar to ...) of a wine that is dry but not extremely dry

(dry is similar to ...) (of champagne) moderately dry

(means also ...) not containing sugar

(means also ...) having a sharp biting taste

Definition 7: opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers
  • a dry state

Definition 8: lacking moisture or volatile components - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dry paint

Definition 9: without a mucous or watery discharge - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Definition 10: having a large proportion of strong liquor - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a very dry martini is almost straight gin

(dry is similar to ...) characteristic of or containing alcohol

"alcoholic drinks"

Definition 11: humorously sarcastic or mocking - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dry humor
  • an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely
  • an ironic novel
  • an ironical smile
  • with a wry Scottish wit

Synonyms for dry in the sense of this definition

(dry is similar to ...) full of or characterized by humor

"humorous stories" "humorous cartoons" "in a humorous vein"

Definition 12: practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for dry in the sense of this definition

(dry is similar to ...) not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

Definition 13: used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dry weight

(dry is similar to ...) of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous

"ice is water in the solid state"

Definition 14: not shedding tears - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dry sobs
  • with dry eyes

(dry is similar to ...) free from tears

Definition 15: lacking warmth or emotional involvement - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dry greeting
  • a dry reading of the lines
  • a dry critique

(dry is similar to ...) unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion

Definition 16: unproductive especially of the expected results - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dry run
  • a mind dry of new ideas

(dry is similar to ...) not producing or capable of producing

"elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"

Definition 17: lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for dry in the sense of this definition

(dry is similar to ...) not stimulating

Definition 18: (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dry toast
  • dry meat

(dry is similar to ...) not elaborate or elaborated; simple

"plain food" "stuck to the plain facts" "a plain blue suit" "a plain rectangular brick building"

Definition 19: having no adornment or coloration - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dry or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dry facts
  • rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner

(dry is similar to ...) not elaborate or elaborated; simple

"plain food" "stuck to the plain facts" "a plain blue suit" "a plain rectangular brick building"

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