• WordNet 3.6
    • n wetness the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water) "he confirmed the wetness of the swimming trunks"
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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
    • Wetness A watery or moist state of the atmosphere; a state of being rainy, foggy, or misty; as, the wetness of weather or the season.
    • Wetness Sweat or sweating; -- a euphemism.
    • Wetness The quality or state of being wet; moisture; humidity; as, the wetness of land; the wetness of a cloth.
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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.
    • n wetness The state or condition of being wet; also, the capacity for communicating moisture or making wet: as, the wetness of the atmosphere or of steam.
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “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
    Nikita Khrushchev
    “If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.”
  • Christina Rossetti
    “Be the green grass above me, with showers and dewdrops wet; and if thou wilt, remember, and if thou wilt, forget.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “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?”


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.
Get your feet wet - If you get your feet wet, you gain your first experience of something.
Mad as a wet hen - If someone is as mad as a wet hen, they are extremely angry.
Wet behind the ears - Someone who is wet behind the ears is either very young or inexperienced.
Wet blanket - A wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people's fun.
Wet your whistle - If you are thirsty and have an alcoholic drink, you wet your whistle. "Whet your whistle" is also used.


In literature:

The boys quickly made the change, and stretched out their wet garments to dry.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
In each fist he clenched bunches of wet cloth.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
She answered in some confusion, and by this time he had found a reason for her late hour abroad in the wet deserted street.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
It was not wet through; the other side is fresh.
"Three Margarets" by Laura E. Richards
As it was, his feet were wet.
"The Settlers at Home" by Harriet Martineau
This should be thoroughly done, so that the linen may not be found wet nor soiled when it is drawn down after confinement.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
This grass is very common amidst paddy in wet lands and in wet situations.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Sir James, puzzled, and a little wet, drew back into his compartment and shut the window.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
And when the frontier is wet, it's wet all over.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
It smells so loud, and I'd get my feet all wet, and my dress wet, too.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

In poetry:

Would now the tall swift mists could lay
their wet grasp on my hair,
and the great natures of the hills
round me friendly were.
"Margaret's Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
They cannot guess, could not be told
How soon comes careless day,
With birds and dandelion gold,
Wet grass, cool scents of May.
"Thunder At Night" by Robert Graves
The bower is wet, the wind is cold,
The summer flower is gone;
The mate thou lov'st, perhaps, has died,
And left thee all alone.
"To a Bird Singing In The Church" by Caroline Fry
red with the bleeding year.
Sound is but a knell,
and Sleep has a scarlet bed.
Dreams are wet with Fear,
and Honour sits in Hell.
"Armageddon" by Leon Gellert
That night the widow's eyes were wet,
But they were tears of joy,--
'When she beheld the load of things
Brought by her little boy.
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
When June commenced each gilded morn,
The rose was wet with dew;
Each spreading tree and blooming thorn,
Were pleasant to the view.
"A Few Lines Concerning The Weather, In 1818" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

Redken.com for salons) through wet strands to maximize bounce .
But during Irene, the Wet Stone Brook overflowed and soon downtown Brattleboro was underwater.
As weather turns cold and wet, more care is needed on the building site .
Rain showers the afternoon of Sept 8 turned their home turf, Showalter Field in Winter Park, into a 100-yard-long wet sock.
Idaho State Police say the Juanita Spitzer's vehicle flipped late Saturday afternoon after she changed lanes to pass another vehicle and lost control on the wet roadway.
Does going out into the cold with a wet head increase the chances of getting sick.
The first English sailors who came in 1767 from dark, foggy, wet and cold Northern Latitudes thought themselves the luckiest men in history because they stumbled upon Tahiti after arduous months at sea.
Is wet measurement with a nonaqueous solvent the only option.
(AP) We've got dolls that wet, crawl and talk.
Just plain ol' dolls that didn't make sounds or wet their diapers.
N EW YORK – We've got dolls that wet, crawl and talk.
NEW YORK (AP) — We've got dolls that wet, crawl and talk.
There are dolls that wet, crawl and talk.
I am a bit wet behind my ears from this experience.
Most people will remember week four of the high school football season as rainy and wet with lots of sloppy play.

In science:

The first-order transition between a thin and a mesoscopically thick film, however, is not a true wetting transition.
Transition temperatures and contact angles in the sequential-wetting scenario of n-alkanes on (salt) water
In the partial wetting state, upon approach to Tw ,1 , the contact angle (almost, but not quite) vanishes as θ ∼ (Tw ,1 − T )1/2 as expected for a true first-order wetting transition.
Transition temperatures and contact angles in the sequential-wetting scenario of n-alkanes on (salt) water
The solid lines correspond to stable situations, i.e. to partial wetting for T ≤ Tw ,1 and to frustratedcomplete wetting for Tw ,1 ≤ T ≤ Tw ,c .
Transition temperatures and contact angles in the sequential-wetting scenario of n-alkanes on (salt) water
In the wetting case this leads to an asymptotic solution first found by Voinov and an expression for the interface angle usually referred to as “Tanner’s law” .
Hydrodynamic theory of de-wetting
Namely, if δ < 0 (wetting), there exists an asymptotic solution for ξ → ∞ , whose curvature vanishes at infinity.
Hydrodynamic theory of de-wetting