American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To dry out thoroughly.
- v. To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
- v. To make dry, dull, or lifeless.
- v. To become dry; dry out.
- adj. Lacking spirit or animation; arid: "There was only the sun-bruised and desiccate feeling in his mind” ( J.R. Salamanca).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dry; deprive of moisture; expel moisture from; especially, to bring to a thoroughly dry state for preservation, as various kinds of food.
- To become dry.
- Dry; dried.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To dry up; to deprive or exhaust of moisture; to preserve by drying.
- v. To become dry.
- v. lose water or moisture
- adj. lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless.
- v. preserve by removing all water and liquids from
- v. remove water from
- From Latin dēsiccō (Wiktionary)
- Latin dēsiccāre, dēsiccāt- : dē-, de- + siccāre, to dry up (from siccus, dry). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But maybe don't ask too much further because it's possible that before 'freezer perpetuity', the deceased cats might have been laid out on the hood of cars on front lawn, you know, to kind of desiccate before being burying?”
“Specifically, that means a time when liquid water appears to have run freely around the planet, and when Mars had a magnetic field surrounding it that enabled a much thicker atmosphere to act as a shield against the ravages of the solar wind and the ultraviolet radiation that now desiccate the surface.”
“Windy conditions can also desiccate so erect a windbreak until they are established.”
“Finally, they shrink by as much as half as they desiccate naturally.”
“The trick was to desiccate the seeds, spores and the animals first (for 3 days over silica gel) before heating them slowly at a rate of 4 °C per minute.”
“This dance of man against man in a self-created desert is different only in scale and naked exposure from how we live in the U.S. with our armies and watchmen and willingness to desiccate the lands that feed us.”
“What that means is that the juiciest of tips, when subjected to research, tend to desiccate and crumble.”
“I have been subjected to tales so woeful as to desiccate even the most exuberant soul.”
“THE MAIN EXCEPTION to my Western seeking after heart surgery was Texasville, a sequel to Picture Show centered on the famous oil boom of the 70s, which described the excesses of human folly as I witnessed them in Archer City and the homes of my siblings as the irresistible notion of riches came to race through and desiccate the town, all despite that the history of booms is well known.”
“Chabon sees overprotective parenting clearing the “wilderness” he remembers, and fears that it will desiccate the imagination of future generations.”
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