from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of operation of drying; evaporation or expulsion of moisture.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of operation of drying; evaporation or expulsion of moisture; state of being dried up; dryness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or operation of drying; evaporation of moisture; desiccation; dryness.
He knew this, too, that bitter things are suitable; for to dry up wounds requires exsiccation.
A somewhat different method is followed in Trinidad and Jamaica (in the latter island it can scarcely be said to be cultivated now); but it differs in no essential degree from the principle of gradual exsiccation, and protection from moisture.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
There instead of exsiccation he was confronted by a dreadful humidity, an infertile ooze that seemed almost less susceptible to cultivation than the other.
In spite of philosophy, I am rather ashamed of this unceremonious exsiccation of your financial river.
It is a perfect exsiccation, all the fluids are dried up.
It may now be expected that I should offer some opinion as to the antiquity and race of this singular exsiccation.
I have been during the last three months undergoing a process of intellectual exsiccation.
Owing to this excessive exsiccation, the soil is extremely arid, and will neither bear trees nor plants of any kind; unless when irrigated by means of canals, when it produces almost every vegetable in astonishing abundance.
A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 05 Arranged in Systematic Order: Forming a Complete History of the Origin and Progress of Navigation, Discovery, and Commerce, by Sea and Land, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time
Thus the granulations of new flesh to repair the injuries of wounds are visible to the eye; as well as the callous matter, which cements broken bones; the calcareous matter, which repairs injured snail-shells; and the threads, which are formed by silk-worms and spiders; which are all secreted in a softer state, and harden by exsiccation, or by the contact of the air, or by absorption of their more fluid parts.
“With regard to the relative condition of the peripheral nerve-ends, experiments on the motor nerves go to show that swelling of the terminal ends of these nerves may diminish their excitability to the point of its complete extinction, while it becomes increased by their exsiccation.
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