Dictionary: DRUS'ED – DRY-SALT'ER

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Containing a druse.

DRU'SY, a. [s as z.]

Abounding with very minute crystals; as, a drusy surface. – Kirwan.

DRY', a. [Sax. dri, drig, or dryg; D. droog; G. trocken. See the Verb.]

  1. Destitute of moisture; free from water or wetness; arid; not moist; as, dry land; dry clothes.
  2. Not rainy; free from rain or mist; as, dry weather; a dry March or April.
  3. Not juicy; free from juice, sap, or aqueous matter; not green; as, dry wood; dry stubble; dry hay; dry leaves.
  4. Without tears; as, dry eyes; dry mourning. – Dryden.
  5. Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.
  6. Thirsty; craving drink.
  7. Barren; jejune; plain; unembellished; destitute of pathos, or of that which amuses and interests; as, a dry style; a dry subject; a dry discussion.
  8. Severe sarcastic; wiping; as, a dry remark or repartee; a dry rub. – Goodman.
  9. Severe; wiping; as, a dry blow; a dry basting. See the Verb, which signifies properly to wipe, rub, scour. – Bacon. Dry goods, in commerce, cloths, stuffs, silks, laces, ribins, &c., in distinction from groceries.

DRY, v.i.

  1. To grow dry; to lose moisture; to become free from moisture or juice. The road dries fast in a clear windy day. Hay will dry sufficiently in two days.
  2. To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; sometimes with up; as, the stream dries or dries up.

DRY, v.t. [Sax. drigan, adrigan, or drygan, adrygan, adrugan, gedrigan; D. droogen; G. trocknen, to dry, to wipe; Gr. τρυγιω; L. tergo, tergeo; Fr. torcher; Sw. torcka. The German has also dürr, Sw. torr, Dan. tör, but these seem to be connected with L. torreo, Russ. obterayu or oterayu. Class Dr. Whether drigan and dry are derivatives of that root, or belong to Class Rg, the root of rake, is not certain. See Dry. Class Rg. The primary sense is to wipe, rub, scour.]

  1. To free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; originally by wiping, as to dry the eyes; to exsiccate.
  2. To deprive of moisture by evaporation or exhalation; as, the sun dries a cloth; wind dries the earth.
  3. To deprive of moisture by exposure to the sun or open air. We dry cloth in the sun.
  4. To deprive of natural juice, sap or greenness; as, to dry hay or plants.
  5. To scorch or parch with thirst; with up. Their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. – Isa. v.
  6. To deprive of water by draining; to drain; to exhaust; as, to dry a meadow. To dry up, to deprive wholly of water.

DRY'AD, n. [L. dryades, plur. from Gr. δρυς, a tree.]

In mythology, a deity or nymph of the woods; a nymph supposed to preside over woods.


Having dry bones, or without flesh.

DRY'ED, pp. [of Dry. See Dried.]

DRY'ER, n.

He or that which dries; that which exhausts of moisture or greenness.


Not having tears in the eyes.


A dry vat or basket.


A dog that pursues game by the scent of the foot. – Shak.


Adapted to exhaust moisture; as, a drying wind or day.


The act or process of depriving of moisture or greenness.

DRY'ING, ppr.

Expelling or losing moisture, sap or greenness.

DRY'ITE, n. [Gr. δρυς, an oak.]

Fragments of petrified or fossil wood in which the structure of the wood is recognized. – Dict.

DRY'LY, adv.

  1. Without moisture.
  2. Coldly; frigidly; without affection. – Bacon.
  3. Severely; sarcastically.
  4. Barrenly; without embellishment; without any thing to enliven, enrich or entertain. – Pope.


  1. Destitution of moisture; want of water or other fluid; siccity; aridity; aridness; as, the dryness of a soil; dryness of the road.
  2. Want of rain; as, dryness of weather.
  3. Want of juice or succulence; as, dryness of the bones or fibers. – Arbuthnot.
  4. Want of succulence or greenness; as, the dryness of hay or corn.
  5. Barrenness; jejuneness; want of ornament or pathos; want of that which enlivens and entertains; as, the dryness of style or expression; the dryness of a subject.
  6. Want of feeling or sensibility in devotion; want of ardor; as, dryness of spirit. – Taylor.


  1. A nurse who attends and feeds a child without the breast.
  2. One who attends another in sickness.


To feed, attend and bring up without the breast. – Hudibras.

DRY'-ROT, n.

Decay of timber when dry.

DRY'RUB, v.t.

To rub and cleanse without wetting. – Dodsley's Poems.


Cleaned without wetting.


Cleaning without wetting.


A dealer in salted or dry meats, pickles, sauces, &c. – Fordyce.