moisten

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v moisten make moist "The dew moistened the meadows"
    • v moisten moisten with fine drops "drizzle the meat with melted butter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moisten To make damp; to wet in a small degree. "A pipe a little moistened on the inside."
    • Moisten To soften by making moist; to make tender. "It moistened not his executioner's heart with any pity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • moisten To become moist.
    • moisten To make moist or damp; wet superficially or in a moderate degree.
    • moisten To soften; make tender.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • vs.t Moisten (obs.) to make moist: to wet slightly
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. moiste (Fr. moite)—L. musteus,—mustum, juice of grapes, new wine.

Usage

In literature:

The moistened gluten of the flour forms a viscid, elastic, tenacious mass, which is thoroughly kneaded to distribute the yeast.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
The Chemist moistened a lump of sugar and laid it on the table before him.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
After putting in about half an inch of this, they used dust slightly moistened, beating it down as before.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
F., which can be moistened every half hour with water at this temperature; this will often control the fever satisfactorily.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
How delicious was the sensation as it wetted my lips, moistened my mouth, and flowed down my parched throat.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
She moistened her lips.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
They were reduced to the necessity of killing their dogs and bleeding their mules to moisten their parched lips.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
With another brush moisten the same parts with fine almond oil.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
It moistened and fertilized and prepared the ground, and then receded until the harvest was grown and gathered.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Stooping hastily, he dipped his hand into a pool of salt water and moistened his mouth.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

Still may the generous bosom burn,
Though doom'd to bleed o'er beauty's urn;
And still the friendly face appear,
Though moisten'd with a tender tear!
"Ode - On the Death of a Young Lady" by John Logan
Affections strong and warm
Sprang round her gentle way,
Young Childhood, with a moisten'd eye,
And Friendship's tenderest sympathy
Watch'd her decay.
"Mrs. Alice Beckwith," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
The trapper, moistening his moose's meat
On the wet bank by Uncanoonuc's feet,
Saw the swift boat flash down the troubled stream;
Slept he, or waked he? was it truth or dream?
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He ceased—abash'd the conscious audience hear,
Their pallid cheeks a crimson blush unfold,
Yet o'er that virtuous blush distreams a tear,
And falling, moistens their abandon'd gold.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
And that Love, shining richly and full as the day,
Through the tear-drops that moisten each martyr's proud pall,
On the gloom of the past the bright bow shall display
Of Freedom, Peace, Victory, bent over all.
"The Battle Rainbow" by John Reuben Thompson
Upon which was traced the delicate design of a Sprig of Moss
But to understand such a design he was at a loss,
Then he recollected the Sprig of Moss lying on the stone,
And with his tears he'd moistened it, but it was gone.
"The Sprig of Moss" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

His lips quivered as tears moistened his eyes.
But once you taste the real thing - moistened and rubbed with oil and butter by hand, then steamed in a couscousiè.
This high-tech single-ply fabric decreases in temperature when moistened with water or perspiration.
Fill individual pots or a flat of six-packs or cells with moistened commercial seed-starting mix.
100% Terry-Cotton, Moistened Refreshment Towels.
Water (more if needed to moisten ingredients).
Seedless grapes only became commonplace just over a century ago, so dried raisins had to be moistened, then squeezed to extract the seeds .
Here they not only pick thistles but crush, moisten, soften and then turn the thistle into paper.
Sonya Pealer, at left, looks on as Rachel Mulvihill, right, feeds moistened cat food to the starling the children are nursing.
ITW Dymon's Scrubs Solar Guard is pre-moistened wipes that help provide protection from the harmful effects of the sun.
This intensive-repair lip treatment from La Prairie leaves lips moistened and plumped, with a natural flush of color.
The sinuses work to moisten and cleanse the air we breathe.
Moisten the soil before you sow .
This classic Korean side dish (or appetizer) stars squid mixed with crunchy grated carrots and pine nuts, then moistened with a spicy soy dressing.
Now the adventurous can discover a smoky world of kebabs perfumed with wild cumin and moistened with the fat of the Kurdiuk sheep (it tastes better than butter).
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