• Waiting for Their Clothes to Dry 187
    Waiting for Their Clothes to Dry 187
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dry practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages; I happen to be teetotal" "he's been dry for ten years","no thank you"
    • adj dry lacking warmth or emotional involvement "a dry greeting","a dry reading of the lines","a dry critique"
    • adj dry having a large proportion of strong liquor "a very dry martini is almost straight gin"
    • adj dry without a mucous or watery discharge; a small child with a dry nose" "a dry cough","that rare thing in the wintertime"
    • adj dry humorously sarcastic or mocking "dry humor","an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely","an ironic novel","an ironical smile","with a wry Scottish wit"
    • adj dry (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish "dry toast","dry meat"
    • adj dry having no adornment or coloration "dry facts","rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
    • adj dry unproductive especially of the expected results "a dry run","a mind dry of new ideas"
    • adj dry used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones "dry weight"
    • adj dry lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless "a dry book","a dry lecture filled with trivial details","dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to...life"- John Mason Brown"
    • adj dry (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation "a dry white burgundy","a dry Bordeaux"
    • adj dry not shedding tears "dry sobs","with dry eyes"
    • adj dry free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet "dry land","dry clothes","a dry climate","dry splintery boards","a dry river bed","the paint is dry"
    • adj dry not producing milk "a dry cow"
    • adj dry opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers","a dry state"
    • adj dry lacking moisture or volatile components "dry paint"
    • v dry remove the moisture from and make dry "dry clothes","dry hair"
    • v dry become dry or drier "The laundry dries in the sun"
    • n dry a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

A Cypress Slough in the Dry Season A Cypress Slough in the Dry Season
Section through a typical Moist-air Dry Kiln Section through a typical Moist-air Dry Kiln
Single Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns Single Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns
Double Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns Double Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns
Vertical Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns Vertical Pipe Heating Apparatus for Dry Kilns
Exterior View of Four Progressive Dry Kilns Exterior View of Four Progressive Dry Kilns

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the dry valleys region of Antarctica, it has not rained in 2 million years according to scientists
    • Dry Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit. "He was rather a dry , shrewd kind of body."
    • Dry Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain. "These epistles will become less dry , more susceptible of ornament."
    • Dry (Fine Arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring.
    • Dry Free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid; not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; -- said especially: Of the weather: Free from rain or mist. "The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the season."
    • Dry Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry .
    • Dry Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.
    • Dry Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.
    • Dry Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.
    • Dry Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.
    • Dry To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture, or a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up.
    • Dry To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.
    • v. t Dry To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet cloth; to dry hay.
    • Dry To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality. "And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first hair dryer was a vacuum cleaner that was used for drying hair
    • dry Without moisture; not moist; absolutely or comparatively free from water or wetness, or from fluid of any kind: as, dry land; dry clothes; dry weather; a dry day; dry wood; dry bones.
    • dry Specifically.
    • dry In geology and mining, free from the presence or use of water, or distant from water: as, dry diggings; dry separation.
    • dry Not giving milk: as, a dry cow.
    • dry Thirsty; craving drink, especially intoxicating drink.
    • dry Barren; jejune; destitute of interest; incapable of awakening emotion: as, a dry style; a dry subject; a dry discussion.
    • dry Severe; hard: as, a dry blow.
    • dry Lacking in cordiality; cold: as, his answer was very short and dry.
    • dry Humorous or sarcastic, apparently without intention; slily witty or caustic: as, a dry remark or repartee.
    • dry In painting, noting a hardness or formal stiffness of outline, or a want of mellowness and harmony in color; frigidly precise; harsh.
    • dry In sculpture, lacking or void of luxuriousness or tenderness in form.
    • dry Free from sweetness and fruity flavor: said of wines and, by extension, of brandy and the like. It is said also of artificially prepared wines, as champagnes, in which a diminished amount of sweetening, or liqueur, as it is called, is added, as compared with sweet wines.
    • dry In metallurgy, noting a peculiar condition of a metal undergoing metallurgic treatment. The epithet is chiefly used in reference to copper which is being refined. Dry copper contains a certain proportion of oxygen in combination, and to eliminate this it is subjected to the process of poling.
    • dry In American political slang, of or belonging to the Prohibition party; in favor of or adopting prohibition of the sale or use of intoxicating liquors: opposed to wet: as, a dry town, county, or State.
    • n dry A place where things are dried; a drying-house.
    • n dry In American political slang, a member of the Prohibition party.
    • n dry In masonry, a fissure in a stone, intersecting it at various angles to its bed and rendering it unfit to support a load.
    • dry To make dry; free from water or from moisture of any kind, and by any means, as by wiping, evaporation, exhalation, or drainage; desiccate: as, to dry the eyes; to dry hay; wind dries the earth; to dry a meadow or a swamp.
    • dry To cause to evaporate or exhale; stop the flow of: as, to dry out the water from a wet garment.
    • dry To wither; parch.
    • dry To evaporate completely; stop the flow of: as, the fierce heat dried up all the streams.
    • dry To lose moisture; become free from moisture.
    • dry To evaporate; be exhaled; lose fluidity: as, water dries away rapidly; blood dries quickly on exposure to the air.
    • dry To be wholly evaporated; cease to flow.
    • dry To wither, as a limb
    • dry To cease talking; be silent.
    • dry In pathology, not attended with suppuration, a fluid discharge or exudation, or hemorrhage.
    • n dry Dry land: as, to execute a piece of engineering work in the dry (that is, not under water).
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vanilla is the extract of fermented and dried pods of several species of orchids.
    • adj Dry drī free from, deficient in, moisture, sap: not green: not giving milk: thirsty: uninteresting:
    • v.t Dry to free from water or moisture: to exhaust
    • v.i Dry to become dry, to evaporate entirely—both used also with prep. up:—pr.p. dry′ing; pa.p. dried
    • adj Dry drī (obs.) hard: frigid, precise: free from sweetness and fruity flavour (of wines, &c.)
    • ***


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    “A life is like a tree -- if you don't make it straight when its young and green, you'll never do it when it's old and dry.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of a harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.”
  • Seneca
    “Many shed tears merely for show, and have dry eyes when no one's around to observe them.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them.”
  • Oliver Cromwell
    “Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry.”


Before the ink is dry - If people make an agreement or contract and then the situation changes very quickly, it changes before the ink is dry.
Cut and dried - If something is cut and dried, then everything has already been decided and, in the case of an opinion, might be a little stale and predictable.
Dry as a bone - If your lawn is as dry as a bone, the soil is completely dry.
Dry as a wooden god - (AU) Very dry area or very thirsty: That desert is as dry as a wooden god.
Dry as dust - Very dry. Often used metaphorically: a boring, literal person or an unexciting speech. "She knows her stuff but she's dry as dust."
Dry as snuff - If something is as dry as snuff, it is very dry indeed.
Dry run - A dry run is a full rehearsal or trial exercise of something to see how it will work before it is launched.
Dry spell - If something or someone is having a dry spell, they aren't being as successful as they normally are.
Hang out to dry - If you hang someone out to dry, you abandon them when they are in trouble.
High and dry - If you are left high and dry, you are left alone and given no help at all when you need it.
Keep your powder dry - If you keep your powder dry, you act cautiously so as not to damage your chances.
Watching paint dry - If something is like watching paint dry, it is really boring.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. druȝe, druye, drie, AS. dryge,; akin to LG. dröge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr, a dry log. Cf. Drought Drouth, 3d Drug
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dr['y]ge; cf. Dut. droog, Ger. trocken.


In literature:

Dry in the shade, and when the skin is nearly dry, hand-rub till quite dry.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Five ovens filled with peat are run into a pit in a drying house, in which blocks of fresh peat are arranged for drying.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
Dry with violet powder, and again with a soft, dry handkerchief.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
One form is often white, or yellowish white, and often shows the yellow color when dried.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Careful piling of the material to be dried, both in the yard and dry kiln, is essential to good results in drying.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
She remembered the berries dried on the bushes, and the dried meat she found in a tree.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
The book must be pulled while damp, or else the glue will dry up harder than before.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Exercise should be carried on as much as possible in the open air; at all times in pure, dry air.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Unfortunately, corn-meal does not lend itself to the preparation of a dry bread having sufficient consistency to require chewing.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
The flesh of the latter is firm, dry, and less savory than the corvina.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi

In poetry:

Is dry land now where grain or grass
Is growing year by year;
I see the spot, as oft I pass,
No ice nor pond is there.
"My Schoolboy Days" by David John Scott
Thou canst not toil in vain:
Cold, heat, and moist, and dry,
Shall foster and mature the grain
For garners in the sky.
"The Field of the World" by James Montgomery
The picturesque and shady grove,
Which streamlets hurried by,
Are now uncover'd by the sun;
Full many a stream is dry.
"Catching Speckled Trout" by Thomas Frederick Young
Princess, before I cease to be,
Bend o'er my lips so burning dry
Thy honeycombs of ivory--
To taste that honey is to die.
"Ballade Of The Bees Of Trebizond" by Richard Le Gallienne
He rode the wet, he rode the dry,
He rode the grassy glade:
At Wood-end yet the sun was high,
And his heart was unafraid.
"The Hall And The Wood" by William Morris
Now though his heart is breaking,
Henceforth his lids must be dry;
Now though his soul is aching,
He must not utter a cry.
"Into The World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Weather stays dry for weekend.
Thankfully, almost anyone can rapidly grow delicate ice crystals with a soda bottle, some string, a block of dry ice and a little luck.
First Patient Enrolled in SARcode Bioscience 's Pivotal Dry Eye Study of SAR 1118 Ophthalmic Solution.
In 1998, Washington Quality Foods purchased a 40-plus acre site near Baltimore for its new dry products mixing and packaging facility.
You can use dried hard-shelled gourds to make birdhouses for purple martins.
Grow hard-shelled gourds in the summer and dry them in the fall to make martin birdhouses in the spring.
Cajun spice (equal parts white, red, and black pepper, thyme, dried parsley, oregano, salt, onion powder, and granulated garlic).
Pat dry the catfish, then dredge in the Cajun spice.
4 1/2 cups Dry White Wine 2 tsp.
12 Diver Scallops½ cup of blackening seasoning1 lb spinach1 large sweet potato—cut julienne style2 tbsp olive oil¼ cup white wine1 tsp salt1 tsp pepper1 cup whipping cream1 tbsp Dijon mustard1 tbsp grain mustard1 tbsp dry mustard4 oz butter.
1 Teaspoon 1 tsp dried basil.
Bluefin's Big Sur Board Shorts are made from a soft, quick-drying microfiber material.
' Bled -dry' county has only 1% to give.
Rough dry with your hands while blow drying.
And if cranberries aren't your style, chopped dried apricots or dried cherries would be good, too.

In science:

By a Theorem of van den Dries and Speissegger (Theorem B in ) the structure h ¯R, F , expi is model complete and hence LPB.
Locally Polynomially Bounded Structures
Abstract The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA1 ) combines large collecting area and location on a high dry site to provide it with unparalleled potential for sensitive millimeter/submillimeter spectral line observations.
ALMA Capabilities for Observations of Spectral Line Emission
Acknowledgments I would like to thank Lou van den Dries for many useful suggestions concerning both the form and the contents of the current paper.
The structure on the real field generated by the standard part map on an o-minimal expansion of a real closed field
Lou van den Dries would like to thank the author and Clifton F.
The structure on the real field generated by the standard part map on an o-minimal expansion of a real closed field
L. van den Dries, Tame topology and o-minimal structures, London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series, vol. 248, Cambridge University Press (1998).
The structure on the real field generated by the standard part map on an o-minimal expansion of a real closed field