moisture

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moisture wetness caused by water "drops of wet gleamed on the window"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day
    • Moisture A moderate degree of wetness.
    • Moisture That which moistens or makes damp or wet; exuding fluid; liquid in small quantity. "All my body's moisture Scarce serves to quench my furnace-burning heat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: While known as a painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer, Leonard da Vinci was the first to record that the number of rings in the cross section of a tree trunk revealed its age. He also discovered that the width between the rings indicated the annual moisture.
    • n moisture Diffused and sensible wetness; fluid diffused or exuding; damp.
    • n moisture Liquid.
    • moisture To moisten; wet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Linen can absorb up to 20 times its weight in moisture before it feels damp
    • Moisture moistness: that which makes slightly wet: a small quantity of any liquid
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. moistour, F. moiteur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. moiste (Fr. moite)—L. musteus,—mustum, juice of grapes, new wine.

Usage

In literature:

Winds, blowing over the mountains, carried sand as on other worlds they carried moisture and pollen and seeds and rain.
"Sand Doom" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
This encourages root growth and conserves moisture.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
All walls absorb, retain, and give out moisture, and are dangerous and oft-times fatal neighbors to books.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
In certain boilers, "superheating surface" is provided to "dry the steam," or to remove the moisture due to priming or foaming.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
Deficiencies of soil moisture or nutrients or both cause the cessation of growth and the beginning of rest.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
During the night it came on to rain again, and for three successive days water sluiced down from skies which never seemed empty of moisture.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Down a few steps we descended, under a low, plastered arch, which glittered green from the moisture of the earth.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Whenever there is water on the earth, as in the rivers, the air is continually drawing up the moisture in tiny invisible drops.
"Where We Live" by Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
Having parted with its heat, it can no longer contain its moisture; and, having parted with its moisture, it ceases to exist.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
Matches should be carried in bottles and corked tight, so as to exclude the moisture.
"The Prairie Traveler" by Randolph Marcy
Rain is the principal source of moisture, and a surplus of moisture is the evil against which we contend in draining.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
The climate is continental in character, being marked by fierce winds and great extremes both in temperature and moisture.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
The condensing moisture made it slippery, but the chill was pleasant to feel.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
Buyers and sellers have a recognized standard of moisture, 16 per cent.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
Sufficient moisture from the snow and early rain had been retained in the subsoil for vegetation.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
It is necessary to have some kind of tie that will retain the sap as well as exclude external moisture.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
For we are able to give the land moisture whenever it needs it.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
On the return of moisture, a new growth takes place, which shows itself in knobby protuberances.
"The $100 Prize Essay on the Cultivation of the Potato; and How to Cook the Potato" by D. H. Compton and Pierre Blot
A name of the north polar star; two Gaelic words, signifying ray and moisture, in allusion to its subdued brightness.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The showers of last week have brought the needed moisture for our wheat, which is looking splendid.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
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In poetry:

All dropping wet her garments seem;
Chill'd was her cheek, her bosom bare,
As, bending o'er the dying gleam,
She wrung the moisture from her hair.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
Wilt Thou not visit me?
The plant beside me feels Thy gentle dew;
And every blade of grass I see,
From Thy deep earth its quickening moisture drew.
"The Prayer" by Jones Very
`The seasons laugh at the seasons dead,
But never, when new Springs bleat,
Will you feel the sunshine around your head,
Or the moisture about your feet.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
Sage wisdom laughed,—the prudent elf!—
And wiped her brow, with moisture hot:
"There runs thy friend to hang himself,—
Be reconciled—I need thee not!"
"Fortune And Wisdom" by Friedrich von Schiller
No power but Death can ever quell--
No mortal tongue can ever tell
A mother's boundless love;
'Tis shadowed in the secret sigh,
Or in the moisture of the eye--
E'en silence, it may prove.
"My Mother's Love" by Jared Barhite
OF thee, pale monarch, death! my verse shall sing,
Though chilling moisture dews each tuneful string;
And thou, sad willow, all thy branches wave,
While fancy hovers o'er the darksome grave!
"Ode on Death" by Emma Lyon

In news:

Carmex is currently offering their moisture-plus ultra hydrating lip balm for FREE after you buy it at CVS and send in their printable mail-in rebate.
Natural lip balm s use petroleum-based moisturizers, shea butter, or sunflower oil instead.
Lira 's Solar Shield is an all-in-one daily moisturizer and sun protector.
La Mer Creates Softer, Lighter Moisturizer.
The sun: wrinkle culprit and moisture bandit.
Baleage helps Illinois grower manage moisture.
Twelve years ago, Kendall Guither started wrapping 45%- to 55%-moisture bales for baleage, primarily as a rainy-day backup.
MFA said its Plant Pal moisture meter now is available in a snowman variety.
Weather reports said while the drought continues, soil moisture content is rising.
Commonly referred to as mildew , mold is a type of fungus that thrives on moisture and grows anywhere it's damp or where there's decaying matter.
Now it's your turn to be a beauty editor for a day: What new moisturizers, volumizers, and.
Does STP moisturize his feet.
An Architect's Guide to Moisture and Mold.
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier says recent moisture in the central and southern Black Hills has reduced the fire danger to "moderate".
Subsoil moisture levels are checked in the fall in many northwest Iowa counties.
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In science:

Although most STFs tend to absorb ambient moisture, they can under certain conditions exhibit superhydrophobic behavior, especially when functionalized with siloxane [73, 74].
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
At equilibrium, the moisture content of wood varies directly with the relative humidity at a given temperature.
Music in Terms of Science
The equilibrium moisture content of wood is usually more sensitive to small changes in relative humidity than to small changes in temperature.
Music in Terms of Science
Turbulent flow could also play a role in the coagulation of suspended particles; this could be relevant in the coalescence of visible moisture into rain droplets .
Caustics in turbulent aerosols
H2O content is less than 1 ppm, after the crystal was vacuumed for 12 hours to remove the moisture from the crystal.
Charge ordering in charge-compensated $Na_{0.41}CoO_2$ by oxonium ions
He suggests improving the model by including fuel moisture.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Rate of spread is found to be dependent on initial moisture content of the fuel.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Char formation (C) occurs at a lower activation energy in the presence of moisture.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
The main relations of empirical models are that of wind speed and fuel moisture content with rate of forward spread.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Fuel moisture content (FMC) is also a key variable in determining rate of spread and this is also discussed.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
To predict ROS, the ISI is modified by a Build-up Index (BUI), which is a fuel-specific fuel consumption factor that includes fuel moisture.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
The model was found to perform reasonably well for the selection of wildfires, considering the paucity of available data and necessary assumptions about the involved fuel characteristics (fuel height, moisture etc.) but could be improved with more variables.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Another method of comparing the various empirical and quasi-empirical models is that of fuel moisture content function.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Not all the models discussed here addressed the relation between fuel moisture content and rate of spread, and so the discussion here is not comprehensive.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Figure 2 shows the various functions for those models that include fuel moisture content.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
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