Definitions

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

  • n. The condition of being wet.
  • n. Moisture.
  • n. Rainy or persistently damp weather.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being wet.
  • n. Moisture.
  • n. Rainy or damp weather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being wet; moisture; humidity.
  • n. A watery or moist state of the atmosphere; a state of being rainy, foggy, or misty.
  • n. Sweat or sweating; -- a euphemism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being wet; also, the capacity for communicating moisture or making wet: as, the wetness of the atmosphere or of steam.

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

  • n. the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)

Etymologies

From Middle English wetnes, wetnesse, from Old English wǣtnes ("moisture, wetness"), equivalent to wet +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As for the wetness of H2O, from its chemical properties, the hydrogen bond, and the 104-degree angle at which the two hydrogen atoms orient as each shares an electron with the single oxygen atom, we could predict that if there were enough H2O molecules present, we would find the properties of what we refer to as wetness.

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  • FRANKEN: You know, it's interesting, the rain, of course would bring in the wetness, which is a conductor for cold and all that.

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  • But he sighed with satisfaction and she relaxed and knew that the sound was erotic and that the wetness was a part of her female response, an invitation to an easy penetration of her body.

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  • The often-felt, localized, sweet, warm, white wetness, which is associated with sucking, now forms an idea, and one of the earliest ideas.

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  • We can tell you Reynolds was wearing a black suit and quite possibly some kind of wetness concealing underwear he is pushing seventy if that’ll help.

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  • He lay on his back, drew her over him until he felt another kind of wetness engulf him.

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  • In the way water is one part oxygen and two parts hydrogen and a property of "wetness" emerges, it is imagined that objective moral obligations emerge from a similar kind of collocation of natural properties.

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  • (or "wetness"), snow type, temperature changes, wind and the nature of past snowfall.

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  • I played with the wetness on its head a moment longer, then lifted my hand to my mouth, expecting his gaze to follow.

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  • The verb mochit, which literally means “to make wet,” is criminal slang for to kill; the wetness connotes blood.

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