moist

Definitions

  • Section through a typical Moist-air Dry Kiln
    Section through a typical Moist-air Dry Kiln
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj moist slightly wet "clothes damp with perspiration","a moist breeze","eyes moist with tears"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant. If left on the plant, the fruit splits open and the pulp has a "cottony" texture and flavor. Even in tropical growing areas, bananas for domestic consumption are cut green and stored in moist shady places to ripen slowly.
    • Moist Fresh, or new. "Shoes full moist and new.""A draught of moist and corny ale."
    • Moist Moderately wet; damp; humid; not dry; as, a moist atmosphere or air. "Moist eyes."
    • v. t Moist To moisten.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During warm weather, hippos secrete a reddish, oily fluid, called pink sweat, which acts as a skin conditioner to keep it moist.
    • moist New; fresh.
    • moist Damp; slightly wet; suffused with wetness in a moderate degree: as, moist air; a moist hand.
    • n moist Wetness; wet; moisture.
    • moist To make moist; moisten.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Heat is better retained in moist air than in dry air,which is why tropical nights are warm and desert nights are cold.
    • adj Moist moist damp: humid: juicy: containing water or other liquid
    • vs.t Moist (obs.) to make moist: to wet slightly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. moiste, OF. moiste, F. moite, fr. L. muccidus, for mucidus, moldy, musty. Cf. Mucus Mucid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. moiste (Fr. moite)—L. musteus,—mustum, juice of grapes, new wine.

Usage

In literature:

The Big Business Man threw up the window sash and took a deep breath of the moist, cool air of the night.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
And let thine eyes constrained learn to weep, That this or that man may thy cheeks moist keep.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
The bottom was moist.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
In all cases it is best to transplant when the ground is moist, as it is immediately after being dug or plowed.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
The dressing should be kept moist.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
In other cases two folds of moist flannel next to skin, and two folds of the same, dry, above the moist ones, will make an excellent bandage.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Whilst I am speaking, the moist Night has touched the goals placed on the Western shores; delay is not allowed me.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Fortunately, the 15th happened to be a warm, moist day for the season.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Her palms were warm and slightly moist.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Dry heat, moist heat, gentle massage, and prolonged baking in special metal ovens, will often give much relief.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
That would be if the air were unusually hazy and moist.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The horse does best upon moist food, or that which has a large percentage of water in its composition.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884." by Various
Regions with moist air, plenty of water, and big marshes, and dreary waterless deserts.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The husked nuts were stratified between layers of moist peat 2 cm.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
On very moist soils, its root is almost always fibrous; while on dry and loamy ones it is bulbous.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
How can draining land make it more moist?
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
In moist soil that will callous over.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Both soils are nearly similar, being a deep rich loam, on a moist subsoil, and continually enriched with dung.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
The face is very pale, the skin is cool and moist, although the trouble often starts with sudden arrest of sweating.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
Pour over the mixture hot milk or water, stirring lightly until the mixture is moist.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
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In poetry:

"It was very great and noble,"
Said the moist-eyed listener then,
"But one brave deed makes no hero;
Tell me what he since hath been!"
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The smile of heaven, when storms subside,
When the moist clouds first break away;
The sober tints of even-tide,
Ere yet forgotten by the day.
"To Mrs. T. Fancourt" by Matilda Betham
The golden-vested bees
Find sweetest sweetness in--
Such odors dwelt within
The moist red hearts of these--
Alas, no longer give out blissful breath,
But odors rank with death.
"Passing" by Frances Fuller Victor
The lark chants, soaring
From moist brown heath,
'Twixt Heaven's high flooring
And earth beneath,
Like a true wise poet, in wavering weather,
A carol to link the twain together.
"Another Spring Carol" by Alfred Austin
What time we were little and sat on her knee,
She gave us her saga with pictures to see.
We read till our eyes opened wide and moist,
While nodding and smiling she mute rejoiced.
"Our Country 1859" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The moon comes up o'er the deeps of the woods,
And the long, low dingles that hide in the hills,
Where the ancient beeches are moist with buds
Over the pools and the whimpering rills;
"An April Night" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

Poinsettias like to be kept moist but not wet.
The unmistakable sulfur shelf mushroom pops out during the moist fall months.
The key is to keep the turkey moist.
"It made them super rich and moist, and it did lend that fruity and almost berry-like flavor of zinfandel," Morales said.
Food cooked sous vide —simmered in vacuum-sealed plastic bags—becomes incredibly moist and flavorful.
Warts are highly contagious, so they're easy to pick up, especially if you walk barefoot on moist, warm or dirty surfaces.
Introduces Spectra-Moist® instrument wetting agent and pre-cleaning gel.
(USSTC) rolled out its revolutionary new wintergreen moist smokeless tobacco (MST) product designed for adult consumers who favor a bolder taste profile.
Explore the many ways to prepare this dinnertime favorite on the grill, including moist.
"Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas," Jundt says.
A lemon inserted into the chicken's cavity during roasting keeps the meat moist and juicy.
Love roasting chicken, tastes so good and usually is moist and tender.
The proper pan ensures that your turkey cooks up moist and golden brown.
Serve this moist cake to a bunch of hungry kids and watch it disappear.
Soaking the bird in a salty solution prior to roasting, does help plump the meat and keep it moist during cooking.
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In science:

We then consider how geoengineering could be appropriate to address a threat such as a moist or runaway climate state.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
There exist certain limits which set the maximum amount of outgoing thermal (longwave) radiation which can be emitted from a moist atmosphere.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Limit 2, the moist stratosphere upper limit is the maximum amount of radiation which can be transferred by a moist stratosphere; this is invariant with temperature, so can lead to a runaway greenhouse.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
We then describe the changes which occur when increasing temperature in both runaway and moist greenhouses.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
With the atmosphere in contact with an ocean, the troposphere will be moist; to calculate a radiation limit we assume that it is saturated with water vapour.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
The temperature decrease with height would exceed the moist adiabatic lapse rate and convection would occur, causing the tropopause to move up. A very warm tropopause is unlikely in the real world.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
In general, the tropospheric temperature structure follows the moist adiabatic lapse rate.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
We refer to this as the moist troposphere limit or Simpson-Naka jima limit, for Simpson (1927) who first found the limit and Naka jima et al. (1992) who described the relevant physics.† Calculating the value of this radiation limit requires numerical evaluation of a radiative transfer code.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
The temperature and outgoing flux increase together in this way whilst the atmosphere is not optically thick, overshooting the moist troposphere limit.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
The outgoing flux then asymptotes to the moist troposphere limit (figure 5).
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
If more CO2 is present whilst we increase surface temperature the flux overshoots the moist troposphere limit less: the runaway greenhouse is initiated with a lower flux, but initiation occurs with a higher surface temperature.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
With a suitably large CO2 inventory, there is no overshoot and the moist troposphere limit is approached monotonically (figure 5).
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
In no case is the runaway initiated with a flux lower than the moist troposphere (Simpson-Naka jima) limit.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
A moist greenhouse would also increase climate sensitivity.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
The above considerations all apply to the case of a strict runaway greenhouse. A transition to a moist greenhouse (§2e) or other hot climate state is not excluded by theory and must be seen as a potential threat until proved otherwise.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
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