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Adjective and noun from Middle English drye, dryge, drü?e, from Old English dr??e (“dry; parched, withered”), from Proto-Germanic *dr?giz, *draugiz (“dry, hard”), from Proto-Indo-European *d?er??- (“to strengthen; become hard”), from *d?er- (“to hold, support”). Cognate with Scots dry, drey (“dry”), North Frisian drüg, driig, Saterland Frisian druuch (“dry”), West Frisian droech (“dry”), Dutch droog (“dry”), Low German dröög (“dry”), German dröge (“dull”), Icelandic draugur (“a dry log”). Related also to German trocken (“dry”), West Frisian drege (“long-lasting”), Danish drøj (“tough”), Swedish dryg (“lasting, hard”), Icelandic drjúgur (“ample, long”), Latin firmus (“strong, firm, stable, durable”). See also drought, drain, dree.
Verb from Old English dry?an (“to dry”), from dr??e (“dry”).
- Free from or lacking moisture.
- Unable to produce a liquid, as water, (petrochemistry) oil, or (farming) milk.
- (masonry) Built without or lacking mortar.
- (chemistry) Anhydrous: free from or lacking water in any state, regardless of the presence of other liquids.
- (figuratively) Athirst, eager.
- Free from or lacking alcohol or alcoholic beverages.
- (law) Describing an area where sales of alcoholic or strong alcoholic beverages are banned.
- Free from or lacking embellishment or sweetness, particularly:
- (sciences, somewhat derogatory) Involving computations rather than work with biological or chemical matter.
- (of a sound recording) Free from applied audio effects.
- Without a usual complement or consummation; impotent.
- (Christianity) Of a mass, service, or rite: involving neither consecration nor communion.
- The process by which something is dried.
- (US) A prohibitionist (of alcoholic beverages).
- (chiefly Australia, with "the") The dry season.
- (Australia) An area of waterless country.
- (Britain, UK politics) A radical or hard-line Conservative; especially, one who supported the policies of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.
- (intransitive) To lose moisture.
- (transitive) To remove moisture from.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To be thirsty.