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dry

1. having little or no rainfall
2. not providing milk
3. (of a wine, cider, etc.) not sweet
4. Pathol not accompanied by or producing a mucous or watery discharge
5. Electronics (of a soldered electrical joint) imperfect because the solder has not adhered to the metal, thus reducing conductance
6. Brit informal a Conservative politician who is considered to be a hard-liner
7. the dry Austral informal the dry season
8. US and Canadian an informal word for prohibitionist

dry

[drī]
(science and technology)
Free from or deficient in moisture.

dry

i. When referring to aircraft hire charges, it means “without fuel,” as opposed to wet, with fuel.
ii. When referring to a power setting or output, it means without the use of an afterburner or water injection.
iii. In relation to a runway, it means a runway that is neither wet nor contaminated. This includes a paved runway that has been specially prepared with grooves or a porous pavement to retain effectively dry-braking even when moisture is present.
References in classic literature ?
But I give you fair warning, sir, before I sign on: if the beer dries up, I'm goin' to get interested in what you're after.
In real life the bitterest grief doggedly takes its rest and dries its eyes; the heaviest despair sinks to a certain level, and stops there to give hope a chance of rising, in spite of us.
We passed also a muddy swamp of considerable extent, which in summer dries, and becomes incrusted with various salts; and hence is called a salitral.
The soil is very light, and dries so quickly that, after the heaviest thunder-shower, I can walk over any of my paths in my thin shoes; and to keep the garden even moderately damp it should pour with rain regularly every day for three hours.
Fond worldling, now his heart-blood dries with grief;
The vehicle dries whatever colours may be used with it, in twelve hours.
And father pulls my shoes off, and dries my feet at the fire, and has me to sit by him while he smokes his pipe long after you are abed, and I notice that father's is a large hand but never a heavy one when it touches me, and that father's is a rough voice but never an angry one when it speaks to me.