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

  • adj. Having no trace of moisture.

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  • adj. totally dry; without moisture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. without a trace of moisture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Very dry; as dry as a bone.

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

  • adj. without a trace of moisture; as dry as a weathered bone
  • adj. without a trace of moisture; as dry as a weathered bone


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  • It was every bit the majestic frontier town that I had imagined, occupying a sweeping, bone-dry peninsula set between long lines of ashen cliffs and a sea the color of rusty tap water.

    Pakistan’s Fatal Shore

  • While the beer is bone-dry it is not overwhelming at all and the nose is the onlyaspect of the beer that holds it back from being an all-time great.

    Kevin Burns

  • Texas is enduring its most severe drought since the 1950s, with bone-dry conditions made worse by weeks of triple-digit temperatures in many cities.

    Possum Kingdom Lake Fire

  • Examination of the chalk springs that feed the upper Ouzel shows they are still flowing, so the river will not run dry, but with no substantial rain in months and bone-dry cracked ground across the whole area there will be no run-off from rain.

    Weatherwatch: Drought, river levels and the effect on wildlife

  • Most of the fires have been in bone-dry Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

    Wildfires and drought plague much of the southern USA

  • The creek that is normally the water source for that course is bone-dry.

    Where the Game Is in a Dry Season

  • Pickin 'and grinnin': Man-of-many-talents Steve Martin is helping bluegrass music expand beyond its niche audience, judging from the huge crowd that packed the Gentilly Stage area Thursday to hear him play banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers quintet from Asheville, N.C. Nearly all of the 15 songs were Martin originals, most from his Grammy-winning The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo album, and he spiced them up with interludes of bone-dry humor.

    New Orleans' Jazz Fest wraps up another stellar run

  • If I were serving them on holiday, it would always be with a bottle of bone-dry Provençal rosé.

    The Catch of the Day

  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal Bodegas Emilio Lustau Light Fino My colleague Kevin compared this bone-dry, almost flinty Fino from a famed house to beef jerky—meaning it has the same appealingly snappy saltiness.

    Sherry's Long, Rich Past and Uncertain Present

  • Made from the Palomino grape variety from the Bodegas Borbon in the Cadiz province of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, this bone-dry sherry has been produced allowing the yeast flor to develop on the surface, preventing any undue oxidation and allowing it to mature year round.

    Drinking Now


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