Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a lack of moisture
  • n. the degree to which something is dry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being dry. See dry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being dry. ,

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

  • n. moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs
  • n. the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
  • n. objectivity and detachment

Etymologies

dry + -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The primordial emotion that I associate with the dryness is impotency, a desperate resignation.

    Flowers in the Desert

  • Sjogren's syndrome "targets and destroys over time the exocrine glands responsible for tear production and saliva -- and is characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes," said Dr. Michael Belmont, an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at NYU Langone Medical Center and medical director for Hospital for Joint Diseases.

    Why Sjogren's syndrome caused Williams to quit U.S. open

  • The dryness is a striking fact, for until this moment of recollection, I know it only as a fountain that furiously spurts; I am accustomed to leaping away from its spray.

    The House on Kronenstrasse

  • That's a period of extreme but short-term dryness, often accompanied by high temperatures.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • However, the precipitation erased short-term dryness and boosted topsoil moisture for winter wheat emergence.

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  • In the FSU, short-term dryness and hot weather are stressing summer crops in Russia And Ukraine.

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  • The dryness was a mask for the turmoil within him, where a fledgling eagerness danced above the concern that had more and more gnawed.

    Starfarers

  • With the dryness is a liability to fracture, especially at points where the shoe is attached by the nails.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot

  • There are those who resort to the opposite extreme, and keep their plants all the time in a perishing condition of dryness, which is even worse than if they were watered to death.

    Your Plants Plain and Practical Directions for the Treatment of Tender and Hardy Plants in the House and in the Garden

  • A book which, in spite of what is called the dryness of its style, I took great pleasure in, was the Ancient Universal History, through the incessant reading of which I had my head full of historical details concerning the obscurest ancient people, while about modern history, except detached passages, such as the Dutch war of independence, I knew and cared comparatively little.

    Chapter I. Childhood and Early Education

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