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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 ?
I infer it from your loving her better, merely," returned the young man with a little of Miss Emmerson's dryness.
These two old people presented at this moment precisely the aspect of a drooping plant to which a little water has given fresh life after long dryness.
They're using the old one," and her heart contracting, twisting, a queer dryness in her throat, she opened the door as they stopped, her hand shading the lamp against the sudden inrush of wind and rain.
This will preserve borrowing, from any general stop or dryness.
But not a valet to brush his clothes," cut in the priest, with a curious dryness, "for the valet would want to brush his wig, too.
We never think of the heartaches, or the sleepless nights, or the hot dryness of our throats, when she said she could never be anything to us but a sister--as if any man wanted more sisters!
That which is suitable for a legate," returned the stranger, with a good deal of dryness, "is not suitable for a princess.
In this little sanctuary were gathered together several different people, but their identity was dissolved in a general glory of something that might, perhaps, be called civilization; at any rate, all dryness, all safety, all that stood up above the surge and preserved a consciousness of its own, was centered in the drawing-room of the Hilberys.
They had got further and further from that subject instead of drawing nearer to it, and she could not help feeling it a relief when William Pepper, with all his knowledge, his microscope, his note-books, his genuine kindliness and good sense, but a certain dryness of soul, took his departure.
He saw no one within, but there was warmth and dryness.
The old ache was in his throat, the old harsh dryness in mouth and eyes.
First, that on the above-mentioned Feast of the Assumption, small beer having been served to the novices in the proportion of one quart to each four, the said brother John did drain the pot at one draught to the detriment of brother Paul, brother Porphyry and brother Ambrose, who could scarce eat their none-meat of salted stock-fish on account of their exceeding dryness,"