Definitions

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

  • adjective wrinkled or cracked from drying.
  • adjective having its water supply exhausted.

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

  • adjective (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
  • adjective depleted of water

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Examples

  • Tall and skinny, he glanced along the beach and at last spotted Nia on her hands and knees, mouth ajar like a dried-up oyster.

    The Wall « A Fly in Amber

  • Then one day she got angry, and as I played with it on the page, I started to hear the voice of a great childhood girlfrienda cheerleader, a fearless, robust, farm girl who could cook a meal for a dozen farmhands when she was ten years old, a girl who, with the flick of a wrist, once sailed a dried-up cow-pie at me like a lethal weapon.

    A Conversation with Jean Harfenist, author of A Brief History of the Flood

  • Even the tiniest of curious children, were there any present to play here, would not be able to squeeze itself through the doorway on the other side of the little dried-up moat, knees resting on drawbridge, as I could imagine myself as an eight-year-old very much wanting to do.

    Sullen Months, Möbius Strips

  • In the night, in those early months, as she tried to move towards him to embrace him fully, to offer herself to his dried-up spirit, she found that he was happier obsessively fondling certain parts of her body in the dark as though he were trying to find something he had mislaid.

    The Empty Family

  • Regardless of how you think things will turn out, you have to admit, it's nice to have someone in there that doesn't look like the same stodgy, uptight, ancient, dried-up old codgers that tend to inhabit the Presidency.

    This Post Brought To You By A Late Night

  • Left, women gathered around a well to draw drinking water on the banks of the dried-up Vakaria lake near the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, May 14, 2011.

    Monsoon and the Indian Economy

  • The local residents dig water wells in the dried-up river beds.

    Louis Belanger: Turkana: Photo story of how North Kenya is coping with drought

  • In the night, in those early months, as she tried to move towards him to embrace him fully, to offer herself to his dried-up spirit, she found that he was happier obsessively fondling certain parts of her body in the dark as though he were trying to find something he had mislaid.

    The Empty Family

  • The local residents dig water wells in the dried-up river beds.

    Louis Belanger: Turkana: Photo story of how North Kenya is coping with drought

  • But it was a particularly hot day, period cramps were chewing at her lower belly, and she had looked at Sister Ibinabo – her dried-up face that hoarded years of personal frustrations and made it difficult to tell her age, looking at young girls with a poisonous spite that she pretended was religious guidance – and suddenly saw something of her own mother.

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Miracle

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