Definition of moisten in English:


Line breaks: mois|ten
Pronunciation: /ˈmɔɪs(ə)n


[with object]
  • 1Wet slightly: she moistened her lips with the tip of her tongue
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    • Slightly moisten the rock salt with the water and spread on a tray large enough to take the oysters.
    • Dredge the bones in flour to coat, slightly moistening the bones with reserved liquid if necessary to make starch adhere.
    • To obtain each sample, 4 sterile cotton-tipped applicators were slightly moistened in sterile saline and swabbed along the length of the shaft.
    dampen, wet, damp, dew, water, soak, irrigate, humidify
    literary bedew
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of the eyes) fill with tears: her eyes moistened
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    • The comment stung Renae and she felt the danger of tears as her eyes moistened.
    • Her throat felt dry and her eyes moistened as a tear jerked itself out, her breath turned to gasps of disbelief.
    • ‘At 30, I thought I was going to live happily ever after,’ he says, his eyes moistening for the first time.

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