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moist

Syllabification: moist
Pronunciation: /moist
 
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Definition of moist in English:

adjective

1Slightly wet; damp or humid: the air was moist and heavy
More example sentences
  • A dry, crumbly or even slightly cloddy surface with moist, fine soil at seeding depth gives the crop a good head start over the weeds.
  • In late May, the young plants should be hardened off in a cold frame for a few days before planting in a sunny spot and a fertile, moist but well-drained soil.
  • Potatoes are smothered in onions and garlic and the whole thing is slightly moist, yet oven-browned.
1.1(Of the eyes) wet with tears: her brother’s eyes became moist
More example sentences
  • Her eyes were moist with tears as she quickly exited the room, slamming the door behind her.
  • But as he looked over at her, her eyes were moist and there were tears running down her cheeks.
  • Zevon declined to offer any hints about the new songs, but he said fans should not anticipate material of moist eyes or long, distant stares.
Synonyms
tearful, watery, misty, dewy
1.2(Of a climate) rainy.
Example sentences
  • Both leaf floras and paleoclimatic models imply that the Potomac Group climate was moist and subtropical.
  • For example, a hot, moist climate might produce leaf form similar to a cooler, dry climate because heat exacerbates water stress.
  • How does one grow regionally adapted beans for moist climates?
Synonyms
1.3 Medicine Marked by a fluid discharge.
Example sentences
  • Although the lesion was slightly moist, no foul discharge or purulent drainage was present.
  • If the total radiation dose to the skin is 40 Gy or greater, the erythema phase is followed by a moist desquamation phase.
  • However, occlusive dressings should be avoided on moist lesions.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French moiste, based on Latin mucidus 'moldy' (influenced by musteus 'fresh', from mustum: see must2).

Derivatives

moistly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The artist would have given him a moistly sensuous mouth, but this man's modest lip is all but covered by a warm brown beard, carefully clipped and combed.
  • We finished off with a moistly chewy lemony yogurt cake and bowls of strawberries with cream.
  • The plane landed well after dark, and when the door finally opened I was prepared for the familiar Caribbean night - inky black, moistly warm, with the penetrating smell of wood smoke on the breeze.

moistness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • This cooking method allows the potatoes to cook in their own steam, retaining their moistness, while infusing them with garlic and rosemary flavors.
  • There was a feeling of wet on their face, from the moistness of the damp, thinning air.
  • If there is one quality that almost everyone looks for in a cake, it is moistness.

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