AskDefine | Define drier

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1 a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture) [syn: desiccant, drying agent, sicative]
2 an appliance that removes moisture [syn: dryer]dry adj
1 free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry" [ant: wet]
2 humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit" [syn: ironic, ironical, wry]
3 opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages; "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state" [ant: wet]
4 not producing milk; "a dry cow" [ant: wet]
5 (of wines) not sweet because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation; "a dry white burgundy" [ant: sweet]
6 without a mucous or watery discharge; "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose" [ant: phlegmy]
7 not shedding tears; "dry sobs"; "with dry eyes"
8 lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless; "a dry book"; "a dry lecture filled with trivial details"; "dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated"- John Mason Brown [syn: juiceless]
9 used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones; "dry weight"
10 unproductive especially of the expected results; "a dry run"; "a mind dry of new ideas"
11 having no adornment or coloration; "dry facts"; "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
12 (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish; "dry toast"; "dry meat"
13 suffering from fluid deprivation; "his mouth was dry"
14 having a large proportion of strong liquor; "a very dry martini is almost straight gin"
15 lacking warmth or emotional involvement; "a dry greeting"; "a dry reading of the lines"; "a dry critique"
16 practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages; "he's been dry for ten years"; "no thank you; I happen to be teetotal" [syn: teetotal] n : a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages [syn: prohibitionist]


1 remove the moisture from and make dry; "dry clothes"; "dry hair" [syn: dry out] [ant: wet]
2 become dry or drier; "The laundry dries in the sun" [syn: dry out] [also: dried, dryest, dryer, driest, drier]drier See dry

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. alternative spelling of dryer
  2. Catalyst used to promote the "drying" of paints and varnishes by oxidative crosslinking.


  1. comparative of dry

Extensive Definition

A dryer or drier most commonly means:
There are also various industrial dryers for everything from wet paper to candy; see drying.
See also: Dreier
drier in Japanese: ドライヤー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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