• WordNet 3.6
    • n moistener a device that dampens or moistens something "he used a dampener to moisten the shirts before he ironed them"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Moistener One who, or that which, moistens.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moistener One who or that which moistens.
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In literature:

On being moistened they give the characteristic seminal odour.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Mix the dressing after the usual formula, and use enough to moisten well the potato.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
He moistened his lips, no longer quite so aglow with confidence.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
Still she felt the struggle very keenly, and tears moistened her eyes.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
Make a stuffing of sausage meat, and bread crumbs which have been moistened and squeezed.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
If leather is to be fastened on, this must first be moistened with water.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
H. Deep bowl of water and brush for moistening the damping sheets.
"Wood-Block Printing" by F. Morley Fletcher
Moisten the capsules with Sweet Oil and give with capsule gun.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Moisten the tops with a little milk.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
His eyes moistened, he raised his big fist against an invisible foe.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
The gown should be changed underneath the bedding, while alcohol is rubbed over the moistened skin surface.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
When heated strongly the hydroxide is changed into oxide, which will not again take up water on being moistened.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
Pour over enough vinegar to moisten well about three cups.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Moisten your own nostrils and lips, and this sense is plainly sharpened.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
Moisten with broth or water.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
It is such bread as convicts' tears have moistened many thousand years.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
Something to drink, to moisten her burning tongue and swollen throat.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Its object, however, is to slightly moisten the dry spawn, and perhaps, also, to very slightly start the growth.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
He moistened his lips with the tip of the tongue.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Add the flour mixture, stirring just enough to moisten.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown

In poetry:

What have I to do with tears,
Whose heart long since is dry,
That spring should moisten, after years,
The desert of my eye.
"Spring" by Edith Mirick
Dear comrade, the sunshine of seasons gone by
Looks out from your tender and tear-moistened eye,
A pharos of love on an ice-girdled coast,--
Kind soul!--Don't you hear me?--He's deaf as a post!
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sae waesome, sae saft, an' sae sweet was the strain,
That I kenn'd na if maist it was pleasure or pain
That moisten'd my een, an' dirled my heart,
But noo, whan I think on't, they baith had a pairt.
"Grannie's Tale: A Ballad o'Memorie" by Janet Hamilton
The Moon had bespangled the murmuring wave,
The dew-drop had moisten'd the moss of the cave,
The summer night-breeze, like a sigh, was just heard,
When thus flow'd the strains of the dark-warbling bird:
"Lines Upon Hearing Miss---- Sing At An Evening Party" by Sir John Carr
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
Wait – the first faint beams are brightening,
tears on moistened cheeks are glistening.
Lovelessness is never the end.
Forget survival: find your brother.
Help each other take the rudder.
Praise the victory of light.
"Man" by Eberhard Arnold

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.
We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food.
This high-tech single-ply fabric decreases in temperature when moistened with water or perspiration.
Stir into flour mixture just until moistened.
Moisten the outer edges of the wrapper, then gently fold over to enclose and form the dumpling into a desired shape.
In a large bowl, add the milk and egg to the biscuit mix, stirring just until the mix is moistened not necessarily smooth.
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.
Add to egg mixture along with the bran flakes and stir just to moisten.
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).
Recently widowed, Adams admits on TLC 's 'My Strange Addiction' that she fell into the odd, arguably grotesque habit of dipping her moistened finger into her husband's cremains and licking off the charred powder and can't stop doing it.