adjective (wetter, wettest)
- 1Covered or saturated with water or another liquid: she followed, slipping on the wet rockMore example sentences
- Use of a wet towel or dripping water to induce a perception of suffocating.
- I'm noticing that the floor is wet - entirely covered in dark liquid.
- By nightfall there were 20 climbers crowding the shelter and the walls were covered with wet clothes.
- 1.1(Of the weather) rainy: a wet, windy eveningMore example sentences
- The surface of a lava flow weathers, particularly in wet climates, to form a rich, reddish volcanic soil, called a bole.
- But reality is that no soft shell as comfortable as the Serendipity will keep you dry in a torrential rain or hours of wet sleet.
- Luck they had indoor entertainment as weather was extremely wet and windy.
- 1.2(Of paint, ink, plaster, or a similar substance) not yet having dried or hardened.More example sentences
- Oil paint is a wet mixture of pigments in an oily medium.
- Painting into wet plaster with water soluble pigments is one of the most difficult of all challenges a painter can face.
- The cupola and the concrete construction were corroded, the masonry was wet, and plaster work was peeling off.
- 1.3(Of a baby or young child) having urinated in its diaper or underwear.More example sentences
- I believe there is no baby there, but I'm willing to have a wet infant hauled into view.
- Unless I can conquer my competitive instincts, there'll be a lot of very wet toddlers and it'll all end in tears.
- Anny picks up the wet nappy and tiptoes out of the room.
- 1.4Involving the use of water or liquid: wet methods of photographyMore example sentences
- Typically, the choice of a wet method requires specific knowledge about the sample as well as the level of accuracy required.
- Tissue P status was analysed after wet digestion by the molybdate blue method.
- Kistler was trying to prove that a gel contains a continuous solid network of the same size and shape as the wet gel.
verb (wets, wetting; past and past participle wet or wetted)[with object] Back to top
- 1Cover or touch with liquid; moisten: he wet a finger and flicked through the pages (as noun wetting) the wetting caused an aggravation of his goutMore example sentences
- If they seem bent and not curled, a good tip is wetting a Q-Tip and touching it to your lashes, before applying the mascara.
- After the application of the repellent, subjects were instructed not to rub, touch, or wet the treated arm.
- Concerned, I checked it and found that it only wet the cover over the pillow and did not seep to the pillow itself.
- 1.1(Especially of a baby or young child) urinate in or on: the child wet the bedMore example sentences
- ‘One young child wet the bed one night and was forced to walk round with a sandwich board over him the next day saying what he had done,’ she said.
- But whenever one of our children wet the bed, he claimed that they were lazy, too lazy to get up, go to the bathroom.
- At five years, more than one in six children still wet the bed.
- 1.2 (wet oneself) Urinate involuntarily.More example sentences
- Thankfully when the doctor tried to set my bones I conveniently wet myself and passed out with the pain.
- You can well imagine a young lad, his first time in battle, wetting himself with fear.
- He had to wear a bag attached to his penis for fear of wetting himself because he could not say he wanted the toilet.
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- 1Liquid that makes something damp: I could feel the wet of his tearsMore example sentences
- Sometimes he looks really cute and appealing, and then others he looks like he's been ridden hard and put away wet.
- There's far too much wet around and I think it's softened my brain.
- We run together down windows, streaming and sobbing and smashed into one big wet.
- North American Completely wrong.More example sentences
- By the way, most people think Roberts is all wet.
- Jeff actually knows what he's talking about, thinks I'm all wet on this one.
- If the polls are all wet and the final vote breaks sharply one way or the other, people will want to claim the election as a historic watershed.
wet behind the ears
- • informal Lacking experience; immature.More example sentences
- Nowadays, 32 seems a bit wet behind the ears to me, but from memory it is about the age that you start to feel like the oldest swinger in town when you step inside a nightclub.
- Tell me son have you ever cut turf before, following up with, it's just that you look a bit wet behind the ears for this job.
- A bit wet behind the ears, and failed to recreate from a place in the starting line-up what he achieved coming off the bench against Tunisia.
wet through (or to the skin)
- With one’s clothes soaked; completely drenched.More example sentences
- I think it was this weekend when I woke up to discover that my futon was actually damp, wet through from my sweating into it during the night.
- He was wet through so took off most of his clothes and emptied his pockets, to let everything dry off.
- When they travelled miles to attend Mass on a Sunday morning, often in weather conditions that had them either wet to the skin or blue with the cold when they arrived at their place of worship.
wet one's whistle
- • informal Have a drink.More example sentences
- A heat wave has descended on Central Europe, so I decide to wet my whistle with a drink in the Westec Saloon, hoping, as I've been promised, that I'll hear some good live music.
- Emergency service workers struggle to make due under budgetary constraints set by a premier more interested in wetting his whistle than his forests.
- Because beer drinking is popular, to say the least, there are hundreds of bier halles and biergartens where you can wet your whistle.
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- I was merely glowing wetly, and worrying about the icecream I'd just bought melting through the bottom of my shopping bag and dripping all over my trainers.
- Each sound is rendered in precise detail - bullets crack as they pass your head and thud wetly as they enter your body.
- Garbage spewed onto the street, bones and water bottles clattering across the street, rotten vegetables splattering wetly against the sidewalk.
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- The mild fruit with a sweet and acid taste can get rid of wetness inside, enrich the body's energy and relieve internal heat.
- You hear this loud boom, and I just felt a wetness on my face because I was in the back seat behind the driver.
- The wetness turned to rain, then to sleet, and then to a nasty, slushy snow, blowing into my face no matter which direction I took.
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- Dusting sulphur and wettable sulphur are great for controlling a number of disease problems.
- In addition, the characteristics of the wetted surface affect the cavitation threshold; cavitation thresholds of seawater are significantly more negative on wettable surfaces than on non-wettable surfaces.
- Measurements using miniature flush-mounted pressure transducers show that suckers can generate hydrostatic pressures below 0 kPa on wettable surfaces but cannot do so on non-wettable surfaces.
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- A light drizzle, wettish coolness, fragrant air, twittering birds, no tourists, few locals, you don't even realise you've been walking for a couple of hours.
- The indications are that Thursday and Friday could be wettish.
- The finish may have been of an exciting nature, but the inventive moments were extremely rare, at a bitterly cold, and for a spell, wettish Kilmaine on Saturday evening.
Old English wǣt (adjective and noun), wǣtan (verb); related to water.