If something dries up or if something dries it up, it loses all its moisture and becomes completely dry and shrivelled or hard .
to dry by exposure to the air
an artificial fly designed and prepared to be floated or skimmed on the surface of the water
solid carbon dioxide, which sublimes at –78.5°C: used as a refrigerant, and to create billows of smoke in stage shows
a law prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages
If something dries off or if you dry it off, the moisture on its surface disappears or is removed .
If something dries out or is dried out, it loses all the moisture that was in it and becomes hard .
Dry rot is a serious disease of wood . It is caused by a fungus and causes wood to decay.
If you have a dry run, you practise something to make sure that you are ready to do it properly.
If a river or well runs dry, it no longer has any water in it. If an oil well runs dry, it no longer produces any oil.
the dry season
If you blow-dry your hair, you dry it with a hairdryer, often to give it a particular style.
If you say that something is bone dry, you are emphasizing that it is very dry indeed.
(of something, such as a garment, that has been drying) nearly dry but still damp
Drip-dry clothes or sheets are made of a fabric that dries free of creases when it is hung up wet.
The dry basis is a measure of how much water is in a solid, which is expressed as the weight of water as a percentage of the completely dry solid.
a category of cargo stowed in bulk, consisting of grain, cotton, coal, etc
a primary cell in which the electrolyte is in the form of a paste or is treated in some way to prevent it from spilling
When things such as clothes are dry-cleaned, they are cleaned with a liquid chemical rather than with water.
A dry dock is a dock from which water can be removed so that ships or boats can be built or repaired .
an alcoholic who is not currently drinking alcohol but is still following an irregular undisciplined lifestyle like that of a drunkard
If you say that someone is dry-eyed, you mean that although they are in a very sad situation they are not actually crying .
Dry goods are cloth, thread, and other things that are sold at a draper's shop .
to attack and kill from ambush in a deserted place, as a dry gulch
(in the oil industry ) a well that is drilled but does not produce oil or gas in commercially worthwhile amounts
to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity
an oven in which cut timber is dried and seasoned
If you talk about dry land, you are referring to land, in contrast to the sea or the air .
dehydrated milk from which about 95 percent of the moisture has been evaporated
a nurse who cares for a child without suckling it
a glass photographic plate coated with a sensitive emulsion of silver bromide and silver iodide in gelatin
a vertical pipe, not containing water, having connections on different floors of a building for a firefighter's hose to be attached. A fire tender can be connected at the lowest level to make water rise under pressure within the pipe
to preserve (food) by salting and removing moisture
with dry feet or shoes
a kitchen cabinet with a shallow basin on top for holding a dishpan, used esp. in the U.S. in the 19th cent.
an artificial ski slope used for tuition and practice
Soil is the substance on the surface of the earth in which plants grow.
a prolonged period of dry weather
steam that does not contain droplets of water
cattle that are raised for meat
(of a wall) made without mortar
a dry stream bed
a covered pit filled with gravel or loose stone, into which drainage from roofs, areaways, etc. is piped to seep into the surrounding soil
Dry wine is wine that does not have a sweet taste .
to dry in a kiln
light in color and not sweet
(of clothes or linen ) dried ready for pressing
to cure ( fish, meat, etc) in smoke
to dry (clothes, linen, etc) in a spin-dryer
an electric battery consisting of two or more dry cells