Synonyms of dry in English:
3 the rolls were dry
hard, stale, old, past its best
[Antonyms] moist, fresh
4 a dry well
6 it was dry work
7 dry toast
unbuttered, butterless, plain
13 dry white wine
crisp, sharp, piquant, tart, bitter
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2 dry the leaves completely
3 he dried the spills with a paper towel
mop up, blot up, soak up, absorb
4 she dried her eyes
wipe, rub, dab
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dry, arid, dehydrated, dessicated, parched, sere
Almost anything lacking in moisture (in relative terms)—whether it's a piece of bread, the basement of a house, or the state of Arizona—may be described as dry, a word that also connotes a lack of life or spirit ( a dry lecture on cell division). Arid, on the other hand, applies to places or things that have been deprived of moisture and are therefore extremely or abnormally dry ( one side of the island was arid); it is most commonly used to describe a desertlike region or climate that is lifeless or barren. Desiccated is used as a technical term for something from which moisture has been removed, and in general use it suggests lifelessness, although it is applied very often to people who have lost their vitality ( a desiccated old woman who never left her house) or to animal and vegetable products that have been completely deprived of their vital juices ( desiccated oranges hanging limply from the tree). Dehydrated is very close in meaning to desiccated and is often the preferred adjective when describing foods from which the moisture has been intentionally extracted ( they lived on dehydrated fruit). Dehydrated may also refer to an unwanted loss of moisture ( the virus had left him seriously dehydrated), as may the less formal term parched, which refers to an undesirable or uncomfortable lack of water in either a person or a place ( parched with thirst; the parched landscape). Sere is associated primarily with places and means much the same as arid ( a harsh, sere land where few inhabitants could survive).
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