from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Drying; desiccating.
  • noun A medicine or an application that dries the surface to which it is applied.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Drying; desiccative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A substance (such as calcium oxide or silica gel) that is used as a drying agent because of its high affinity to water.
  • adjective Causing dryness

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

  • noun a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)


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

[From Latin dēsiccāns, dēsiccant-, present participle of dēsiccāre, to desiccate; see desiccate.]



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