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humect Line breaks: hu¦mect
Pronunciation: /hjʊˈmɛkt/

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Definition of humect in English:

verb

[with object] rare
Moisten; make wet.
Example sentences
  • The mercury is incorporated with the salt by humecting it with a little water.
  • This mixture, humected with a sufficient quantity of water for reducing it into a thick paste, grows so hot, that the vessel containing it cannot be held in the hand.
  • It is well known, that, after some days drought, on the falling of rain that humects the earth, there arises a grateful smell.

Origin

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

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