Definition of humect in English:


Line breaks: hu¦mect
Pronunciation: /hjʊˈmɛkt


[with object] rare
  • Moisten; make wet.
    More example sentences
    • With this preparation I continued to humect the compost every other evening.
    • He ran unto the river Liffey, peeled off his breeches and jumped in, humecting thus his hairy skin.
    • It is well known, that, after some days drought, on the falling of rain that humects the earth, there arises a grateful smell.


late Middle English: from Latin humect- , from the verb humectare (see humectant).

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