wet

Definitions

  • COMMANDANT-GENERAL CHRISTIAN H. DE WET
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wet very drunk
    • adj wet consisting of or trading in alcoholic liquor "a wet cargo","a wet canteen"
    • adj wet covered or soaked with a liquid such as water "a wet bathing suit","wet sidewalks","wet weather"
    • adj wet producing or secreting milk "a wet nurse","a wet cow","lactating cows"
    • adj wet supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages "a wet candidate running on a wet platform","a wet county"
    • adj wet containing moisture or volatile components "wet paint"
    • v wet make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating "This eight year old boy still wets his bed"
    • v wet cause to become wet "Wet your face"
    • n wet wetness caused by water "drops of wet gleamed on the window"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

GENERAL PETER DE WET GENERAL PETER DE WET
WETTING THE TOBACCO LEAF WETTING THE TOBACCO LEAF
Angry wet animal Angry wet animal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A common name for pincurls is also spitcurls because woman sometimes wet their hair with their saliva before curling it
    • Wet A dram; a drink.
    • Wet Containing, or consisting of, water or other liquid; moist; soaked with a liquid; having water or other liquid upon the surface; as, wet land; a wet cloth; a wet table. "Wet cheeks."
    • Wet (Chem) Employing, or done by means of, water or some other liquid; as, the wet extraction of copper, in distinction from dry extraction in which dry heat or fusion is employed.
    • Wet Rainy weather; foggy or misty weather.
    • Wet Refreshed with liquor; drunk.
    • v. t Wet To fill or moisten with water or other liquid; to sprinkle; to cause to have water or other fluid adherent to the surface; to dip or soak in a liquid; as, to wet a sponge; to wet the hands; to wet cloth. "The scene] did draw tears from me and wetted my paper.""Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise . . . Whether to deck with clouds the uncolored sky,
      Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers."
      "Let us drink the other cup to wet our whistles ."
    • Wet Very damp; rainy; as, wet weather; a wet season. "Wet October's torrent flood."
    • Wet Water or wetness; moisture or humidity in considerable degree. "Have here a cloth and wipe away the wet .""Now the sun, with more effectual beams,
      Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet From drooping plant."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Studies show that, for some unknown reason, the higher the level of education, the more men tend to have wet dreams.
    • wet Covered with or permeated by a moist or fluid substance; charged with moisture: as, a wet sponge; wet land; wet cheeks; a wet painting (one on which the paint is still semi-fluid).
    • wet Filled with or containing a supply of water: as, a wet dock; a wet meter. See phrases below.
    • wet Consisting of water or other liquid; of a watery nature.
    • wet Characterized by rain; rainy; drizzly; showery: as, wet weather; a wet season (used especially with reference to tropical or semitropical countries, in which the year is divided into wet and dry seasons).
    • wet Drenched or drunk with liquor; tipsy.
    • wet In U. S. polit. slang, opposed to prohibition of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors: as, a wet town. Compare dry, 13.
    • n wet That which makes wet, as water and other liquids; moisture; specifically, rain.
    • n wet The act of wetting; specifically, a wetting of the throat with drink; a drink or dram of liquor; indulgence in drinking.
    • n wet In U. S. polit. slang, an opponent of prohibition; one who favors the traffic in liquor.
    • wet To make wet; moisten, drench, or soak with water or other fluid; dip or soak in a liquid.
    • wet To moisten with drink; hence, figuratively, to inaugurate or celebrate by a drink or a treat of liquor: as, to wet a new hat.
    • n wet A Middle English form of wit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater (now Mann's Chinese Theater), were made by Norma Talmadge in 1927. Legend has it that she accidentally stepped in wet concrete outside the building. Since then, over 180 stars have been immortalized, along with their hands and feet and even noses (Jimmy Durante).
    • adj Wet wet containing water: having water on the surface: rainy: :
    • n Wet water or wetness: moisture: act of wetting, a dram, a debauch
    • v.t Wet to make wet: to soak with water: to sprinkle:
    • adj Wet wet (slang) given to drinking, tipsy
    • adj Wet wet (U.S.) allowing the sale of intoxicating liquors, as opposed to prohibition
    • v.t Wet (slang) to celebrate by drinking:—pr.p. wet′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. wet, (rarely) wet′ted
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Quotations

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “Some men are like musical glasses; to produce their finest tones you must keep them wet.”
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    “The only people who like change are wet babies.”
  • Michael Isenberg
    Michael Isenberg
    “When two men share an umbrella, both of them get wet.”
  • Nikita Khrushchev
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    “If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.”
  • Christina Rossetti
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    “Be the green grass above me, with showers and dewdrops wet; and if thou wilt, remember, and if thou wilt, forget.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “Whether the flower looks better in the nosegay than in the meadow where it grew and we had to wet our feet to get it! Is the scholastic air any advantage?”

Idioms

Can't dance and it's too wet to plow - (USA) When you can't dance and it's too wet to plow, you may as well do something because you can't or don't have the opportunity to do anything else.
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Get your feet wet - If you get your feet wet, you gain your first experience of something.
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Mad as a wet hen - If someone is as mad as a wet hen, they are extremely angry.
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Wet behind the ears - Someone who is wet behind the ears is either very young or inexperienced.
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Wet blanket - A wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people's fun.
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Wet your whistle - If you are thirsty and have an alcoholic drink, you wet your whistle. "Whet your whistle" is also used.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wet, weet, AS. wǣt,; akin to OFries. wēt, Icel. vātr, Sw. våt, Dan. vaad, and E. water,. √137. See Water

Usage

In literature:

I've heard Grey Graham on the ballot till it's wet him through to the waistcoat.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Why must the soil be well wetted?
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
It grows in grassy places, especially in wet pastures.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Wet shoes.= Wet or damp shoes should be dried with great care.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Apply by wetting a flannel cloth and wrapping it around the diseased parts.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
The little pale daughter was dreaming too, for her eyes were wet with tears.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
JOIN IN THE GREAT DE WET HUNT.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
The chief topic of discussion was the question of having "wet" canteens in the lines.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
When doing this the wash cloth should not be so wet that it will drip and wet the bed.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Simon could hear the burning arrows sizzle on the wet wooden frameworks and wet hides.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It rained all night, and in the morning we were forced to get out in a cold, wet dawn.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
He was shocked by her little wet, blinded face.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The plant grows in wet weather from July to October.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
You must not wet it till the oven is ready.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
We were miles from camp, and I was wet and cold and exhausted, and the pain in my blistered hands was excruciating.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
It fell about her in wet, shining masses.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
To wet the whole map with a wet brush at the outset is a help.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
She must get off her wet duds and wring them out and dry them.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
B. F. Smith: It is a good wet-weather apple.
"The Apple" by Various
You got some down inside my collar and my neck's wet and I'm going to tell mother on you!
"The Curlytops Snowed In" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

Roses on the hills,
Roses in the hollow,
Roses on the wet hedges,
In the shining fallow.
"Winter Sunset" by Katharine Tynan
'Tis late before the sun will rise,
And early he will go;
Gray fringes hang from the gray skies,
And wet the ground below.
"Songs of the Autumn Days" by George MacDonald
Wet, cold, and faint, he reached his home,
No richer than before,
And noiselessly he entered in,
And gently closed the door.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
Not while I live may I forget
That garden which my spirit trod!
Where dreams were flowers, wild and wet,
And beautiful as God.
"The Garden Of Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein
Christ will guide thee, youthful maiden,
If thou wilt His guidance seek,
Lead thee to the happy Aiden
Where no tears shall wet thy cheek;
"Written In An Album (II)" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Dear dark-eyed sisters, you remember yet
These you have lost, but you can never know
One stands at their bleak graves whose eyes are wet
With thinking of your woe!
"The Spaniards' Graves" by Celia Laighton Thaxter

In news:

There will be more wet weather Tuesday, it's not expected to be nearly as bad as Monday's storm that flooded roads across Western Washington as well as some rivers.
Good (if not a little wet) morning, brickfans.
It was wet, it was cold, and the field was fairly muddy as the rain came down as it had for a good chunk of the day near the end of the College of the Siskiyous versus Chabot football game Saturday afternoon.
Wet snow blankets higher elevations throughout the New River Valley.
Slippery When Wet How does a slipper clutch affect riding in the rain.
A first-time competitive marathoner took advantage of cold, wet conditions to win the Los Angeles Marathon, setting a blistering record in his first long-distance race.
Wet and blustery conditions are expected through the rest of this week, according to the National Weather Service.
A group of interns from our district attorney's office took part in what's called a wet lab.
One Direction dripping wet on the set of the 'Live While We're Young' video.
It can be particularly severe during wet weather.
Why is the street always wet at the intersection of Westview and Galbraith .
A little wet weather did not dampen our enthusiasm for riding roads such as this.
See how Aggies wet their whistle at The Katy Trail Ice House .
The wet sandy beach made a great reflecting surface.
Wet weather expected to return in earnest on Wednesday.
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In science:

So for small fields h and Lζ ≪ Lz the sample-to-sample fluctuations lead to a discrete (wetting) transition.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
S = γV A − (γV M + γM A ) In this case Young’s law allows us to obtain the Partial wetting corresponds to S < 0.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
A first-order wetting transition is then characterized by a simple zero-crossing of S ∗ .
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
Clearly, S ∗ < 0 for the thin film, and S ∗ > 0 for the wetting layer.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
In this range we choose g = −10 cφ0,w /√12, and the wetting temperature, bulk field and lattice parameter are chosen the same as for the previous case of tricritical wetting.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
A(T ) is an energy, and L is the wetting layer thickness in ˚A.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
Since the actual surface field h1 = 0.0206 is smaller the wetting transition is critical.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
Since the surface field h1 = 0.0414 is smaller, the short-range wetting transition is critical.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
First-order wetting is predicted for κ > −2 and critical wetting for κ < −2, the tricritical value being κ = −2.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
The (pre-)wetting transition is of first-order, but very weakly so.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
For a proof of this so called “wetting transition”, see .
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
Similar to the discrete random walk case in , the Gaussian model has a wetting transition, too, for d = 1: There exists an εcrit > 0, such that p+ (ε) = 0 for ε < εcrit .
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
For the harmonic model, there is remarkably no such transition for d ≥ 3, but for d = 2 there is a wetting transition.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
Remarkably, too, Caputo and Velenik have proved that such a wetting transition exists for d ≥ 3 for some non-harmonic models, e.g. for U (x) = |x| .
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
Absence of a wetting transition for lattice free fields in dimensions three and larger. J.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
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