Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To dry out thoroughly.
  • transitive v. To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
  • transitive v. To make dry, dull, or lifeless.
  • intransitive 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to dry
  • v. to preserve by drying

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become dry.
  • transitive v. To dry up; to deprive or exhaust of moisture; to preserve by drying.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lose water or moisture
  • adj. lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
  • v. preserve by removing all water and liquids from
  • v. remove water from

Etymologies

Latin dēsiccāre, dēsiccāt- : dē-, de- + siccāre, to dry up (from siccus, dry).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēsiccō (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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?

    The Moderate Voice

  • 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.

    First Contact

  • Windy conditions can also desiccate so erect a windbreak until they are established.

    January: the to-do list

  • Finally, they shrink by as much as half as they desiccate naturally.

    Groundwork: Beans, cute and dried

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • 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.

    Valerie Tarico: Man Against Nature is Man Against Man

  • What that means is that the juiciest of tips, when subjected to research, tend to desiccate and crumble.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • I have been subjected to tales so woeful as to desiccate even the most exuberant soul.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • 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.

    HOLLYWOOD

  • Chabon sees overprotective parenting clearing the “wilderness” he remembers, and fears that it will desiccate the imagination of future generations.

    The New York Review’s Fiction Issue - Paper Cuts Blog - NYTimes.com

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