Definition of Dry out

1. Verb. Become dry or drier. "The laundry dries in the sun"

Exact synonyms: Dry
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Scorch, Run Dry
Derivative terms: Drier, Drier

2. Verb. Become empty of water. "The river runs dry in the summer"
Exact synonyms: Run Dry
Generic synonyms: Dry

3. Verb. Remove the moisture from and make dry. "Dry hair"
Exact synonyms: Dry
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Dehydrate, Desiccate, Dry Up, Exsiccate, Dehydrate, Desiccate, Spin-dry, Tumble Dry, Spray-dry, Dehumidify, Parch, Sear, Rough-dry, Blow-dry, Drip-dry, Air
Causes: Dry
Derivative terms: Drier, Drier
Antonyms: Wet

Definition of Dry out

1. Verb. To have excess water evaporate or be otherwise removed. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To sober up; to cease to be drunk. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dry Out

dry martini
dry martinis
dry masonry
dry measure
dry measures
dry milk
dry mop
dry mouth
dry mustard
dry needling
dry nurse
dry nurses
dry objective
dry off
dry one's eyes
dry out (current term)
dry pack
dry pericarditis
dry pint
dry pleurisy
dry point
dry powder
dry powder inhaler
dry quart
dry rale
dry reach
dry riser
dry risers
dry rot
dry run

Literary usage of Dry out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow (2006)
"... to dry out on the slope of the mountainside, green grass under their bodies and wispy clouds in the sky that they watched until the sun went out. ..."

2. Biennial Report by Oregon Board of Horticulture (1921)
"The healthy bark around it grows and the canker commences to dry out, being left as a sunken dead strip of bark. The damage caused by a single canker on a ..."

3. Indiana and Indianans: A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Indiana and by Jacob Piatt Dunn (1919)
"Out of a total of 1016 townships 922 were dry. Out of 89 cities 63 were dry. Out of 360 towns 330 were dry. Much of the work of elimination under the law ..."

4. Carpentry and Building (1905)
"Therefore, all of the water added to wet the plaster does not have to dry out. The so called hard or patent plasters contain more or less plaster of Paris ..."

5. 57 Ways to Protect Your Home Environment (& Yourself) by Rick Weinzierl (1999)
"The last resort: dry out latex paint. If you cannot use, donate, or recycle latex paint—and if you do not have a local hazardous-waste site—you can dry out ..."

6. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1909)
"not cultivated would soon dry out so that you would not get the amount of humus ... If we let it dry out then it suffers, but by watering the alfalfa ..."

7. The Household Book of Poetry by Charles Anderson Dana (1859)
"Fill, fill your bumpers high; Drain, drain your glasses dry ; Out upon him!—fie! 0,fie!— That winna do Ч again* % Here 'g to the chieftains Of the gallant ..."

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