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    DRIPPLE, a. Weak or rare. [Not in use.]

    DRIVE, v.t. pret. Drove, [formerly drave; pp. Driven, G.]

    1. To impel or urge forward by force; to force; to move by physical force. We drive a nail into wood with a hammer; the wind or a current drive a ship on the ocean.NWAD DRIVE.2

    2. To compel or urge forward by other means than absolute physical force, or by means that compel the will; as, to drive cattle to market. A smoke drives company from the room. A man may be drive by the necessities of the times, to abandon his country.NWAD DRIVE.3

    Drive thy business; let not thy business drive thee.NWAD DRIVE.4

    3. To chase; to hunt.NWAD DRIVE.5

    To drive the deer with hound and horn.NWAD DRIVE.6

    4. To impel a team of horses or oxen to move forward, and to direct their course; hence, to guide or regulate the course of the carriage drawn by them. We say, to drive a team, or to drive a carriage drawn by a team.NWAD DRIVE.7

    5. To impel to greater speed.NWAD DRIVE.8

    6. To clear any place by forcing away what is in it.NWAD DRIVE.9

    To drive the country, force the swains away.NWAD DRIVE.10

    7. To force; to compel; in a general sense.NWAD DRIVE.11

    8. To hurry on inconsiderately; often with on. In this sense it is more generally intransitive.NWAD DRIVE.12

    9. To distress; to straighten; as desperate men far driven.NWAD DRIVE.13

    10. To impel by influence of passion. Anger and lust often drive men into gross crimes.NWAD DRIVE.14

    11. To urge; to press; as, to drive an argument.NWAD DRIVE.15

    12. To impel by moral influence; to compel; as, the reasoning of his opponent drove him to acknowledge his error.NWAD DRIVE.16

    13. To carry on; to prosecute; to keep in motion; as, to drive a trade; to drive business.NWAD DRIVE.17

    14. To make light by motion or agitation; as, to drive feathers.NWAD DRIVE.18

    His thrice driven bed of down.NWAD DRIVE.19

    The sense is probably to beat; but I do not recollect this application of the word in America.NWAD DRIVE.20

    To drive away, to force to remove to a distance; to expel; to dispel; to scatter.NWAD DRIVE.21

    To drive off, to compel to remove from a place; to expel; to drive to a distance.NWAD DRIVE.22

    To drive out, to expel.NWAD DRIVE.23

    DRIVE, v.i.

    1. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; as, a ship drives before the wind.NWAD DRIVE.25

    2. To rush and press with violence; as, a storm drives against the house.NWAD DRIVE.26

    Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails.NWAD DRIVE.27

    3. To pass in a carriage; as, he drove to London. This phrase is elliptical. He drove his horses or carriage to London.NWAD DRIVE.28

    4. To aim at or tend to; to urge towards a point; to make an effort to reach or obtain; as, we know the end the author is driving at.NWAD DRIVE.29

    5. To aim a blow; to strike at with force.NWAD DRIVE.30

    Four rogues in buckram let drive at me.NWAD DRIVE.31

    Drive, in all its senses, implies forcible or violent action. It is opposed to lead. To drive a body is to move it by applying a force behind; to lead is to cause to move by applying the force before, or forward of the body.NWAD DRIVE.32

    DRIVE, n. Passage in a carriage.

    DRIVEL, v.i. drivl. [from the root of drip.]

    1. To slaver; to let spittle drop or flow from the mouth, like a child, idiot or dotard.NWAD DRIVEL.2

    2. To be weak or foolish; to dote; as a driveling hero; driveling love.NWAD DRIVEL.3

    DRIVEL, n.

    1. Slaver; saliva flowing from the mouth.NWAD DRIVEL.5

    2. A driveller; a fool; an idiot. [Not used.]NWAD DRIVEL.6

    DRIVELER, n. A slaverer; a slabberer; an idiot; a fool.

    DRIVELING, ppr. Slavering; foolish.

    DRIVEN, pp. Drivn. [from drive.] Urged forward by force; impelled to move; constrained by necessity.

    DRIVER, n.

    1. One who drives; the person or thing that urges or compels any thing else to move.NWAD DRIVER.2

    2. The person who drives beasts.NWAD DRIVER.3

    3. The person who drives a carriage; one who conducts a team.NWAD DRIVER.4

    4. A large sail occasionally set on the mizenyard or gaff, the foot being extended over the stern by a boom.NWAD DRIVER.5

    DRIVING, ppr. Urging forward by force; impelling.

    DRIVING, n.

    1. The act of impelling.NWAD DRIVING.3

    2. Tendency.NWAD DRIVING.4

    DRIZZLE, v.i. [G., L.] To rain in small drops; to fall as water from the clouds in very fine particles. We say, it drizzles; drizzling drops; drizzling rain; drizzling tears.

    DRIZZLE, v.t. To shed in small drops or particles.

    The air doth drizzle dew.NWAD DRIZZLE.3

    Winters drizzled snow.NWAD DRIZZLE.4

    DRIZZLED, pp. Shed or thrown down in small drops or particles.

    DRIZZLING, ppr. Falling in fine drops or particles; shedding in small drops or particles.

    DRIZZLING, n. The falling of rain or snow in small drops.

    DRIZZLY, a. Shedding small rain, or small particles of snow.

    The winters drizzly reign.NWAD DRIZZLY.2

    DROGMAN. [See Dragoman.]

    DROIL, v.i. To work sluggishly or slowly; to plod. [Not much used.]

    DROIL, n. A mope; a drone; a sluggard; a drudge. [Little used.]

    DROLL, a. [G.] Odd; merry; facetious; comical; as a droll fellow.

    DROLL, n.

    1. One whose occupation or practice is to raise mirth by odd tricks; a jester; a buffoon.NWAD DROLL.3

    2. A farce; something exhibited to raise mirth or sport.NWAD DROLL.4

    DROLL, v.i. To jest; to play the buffoon.

    DROLL, v.t. To cheat.

    DROLLER, n. A jester; a buffoon.

    DROLLERY, n.

    1. Sportive tricks; buffoonery; comical stories; gestures, manners or tales adapted to raise mirth.NWAD DROLLERY.2

    2. A puppet-show.NWAD DROLLERY.3

    DROLLING, n. Low wit; buffoonery.

    DROLLINGLY, adv. In a jesting manner.

    DROLLISH, a. Somewhat droll.

    DROMEDARY, n. [Gr., perhaps from swiftness, running.] A species of camel, called also the Arabian camel, with one bunch or protuberance on the back, in distinction from the Bactrian camel, which has two bunches. It has four callous protuberances on the fore legs, and two on the hind ones. It is a common beast of burden in Egypt, Syria, and the neighboring countries.

    DRONE, n. [G., to tinkle, to shake, to tingle.]

    1. The male of the honey bee. It is smaller than the queen bee, but larger than the working bee. The drones make no honey, but after living a few weeks, they are killed or driven from the hive. Hence,NWAD DRONE.2

    2. An idler; a sluggard; one who earns nothing by industry.NWAD DRONE.3

    3. A humming or low sound, or the instrument of humming.NWAD DRONE.4

    4. The largest tube of the bag-pipe, which emits a continued deep note.NWAD DRONE.5

    DRONE, v.i.

    1. To live in idleness; as a droning king.NWAD DRONE.7

    2. To give a low, heavy, dull sound; as the cymbals droning sound.NWAD DRONE.8

    DRONE-FLY, n. A two-winged insect, resembling the drone-bee.

    DRONING, ppr. Living in idleness; giving a dull sound.

    DRONISH, a. Idle; sluggish; lazy; indolent; inactive; slow.

    DROOP, v.i. [L., from the root of drop.]

    1. To sink or hang down; to lean downwards, as a body that is weak or languishing. Plants droop for want of moisture; the human body droops in old age or infirmity.NWAD DROOP.2

    2. To languish from grief or other cause.NWAD DROOP.3

    3. To fail or sink; to decline; as, the courage or the spirits droop.NWAD DROOP.4

    4. To faint; to grow weak; to be dispirited; as, the soldiers droop from fatigue.NWAD DROOP.5

    DROOPING, ppr. Sinking; hanging or leaning downward; declining; languishing; failing.

    DROP, n. [G.]

    1. A small portion of any fluid in a spherical form, which falls at once from any body, or a globule of any fluid which is pendent, as if about to fall; a small portion of water falling in rain; as a drop of water; a drop of blood; a drop of laudanum.NWAD DROP.2

    2. A diamond hanging from the ear; an earring; something hanging in the form of a drop.NWAD DROP.3

    3. A very small quantity of liquor; as, he had not drank a drop.NWAD DROP.4

    4. The part of a gallows which sustains the criminal before he is executed, and which is suddenly dropped.NWAD DROP.5

    DROPS, v.t. [G.]

    1. To pour or let fall in small portions or globules, as a fluid; to distill.NWAD DROPS.2

    The heavens shall drop down dew. Deuteronomy 33:28.NWAD DROPS.3

    2. To let fall as any substance; as, to drop the anchor; to drop a stone.NWAD DROPS.4

    3. To let go; to dismiss; to lay aside; to quit; to leave; to permit to subside; as, to drop an affair; to drop a controversy; to drop a pursuit.NWAD DROPS.5

    4. To utter slightly, briefly or casually; as, to drop a word in favor of a friend.NWAD DROPS.6

    5. To insert indirectly, incidentally, or by way of digression; as, to drop a word of instruction in a letterNWAD DROPS.7

    6. To lay aside; to dismiss from possession; as, to drop these frail bodies.NWAD DROPS.8

    7. To leave; as, to drop a letter at the post office.NWAD DROPS.9

    8. To set down and leave; as, the coach dropped a passenger at the inn.NWAD DROPS.10

    9. To quit; to suffer to cease; as, to drop an acquaintance.NWAD DROPS.11

    10. To let go; to dismiss from association; as, to drop a companion.NWAD DROPS.12

    11. To suffer to end or come to nothing; as, to drop a fashion.NWAD DROPS.13

    12. To bedrop; to speckle; to variegate, as if by sprinkling with drops; as a coat dropped with gold.NWAD DROPS.14

    13. To lower; as, to drop the muzzle of a gun.NWAD DROPS.15

    DROP, v.i.

    1. To distill; to fall in small portions, globules or drops, as a liquid. Water drops from the clouds or from the eaves.NWAD DROP.2

    2. To let drops fall; to discharge itself in drops.NWAD DROP.3

    The heavens dropped at the presence of God. Psalm 68:8.NWAD DROP.4

    3. To fall; to descend suddenly or abruptly.NWAD DROP.5

    4. To fall spontaneously; as, ripe fruit drops from a tree.NWAD DROP.6

    5. To die, or to die suddenly. We see one friend after another dropping round us. They drop into the grave.NWAD DROP.7

    6. To come to an end; to cease; to be neglected and come to nothing; as, the affair dropped.NWAD DROP.8

    7. To come unexpectedly; with in or into; as, my old friend dropped in, a moment.NWAD DROP.9

    8. To fall short of a mark. [Not usual.]NWAD DROP.10

    Often it drops or overshoots.NWAD DROP.11

    9. To fall lower; as, the point of the spear dropped a little.NWAD DROP.12

    10. To be deep in extent.NWAD DROP.13

    Her main top-sail drops seventeen yards.NWAD DROP.14

    To drop astern, in seamens language, is to pass or move towards the stern; to move back; or to slacken the velocity of a vessel to let another pass beyond her.NWAD DROP.15

    To drop down, in seamens language, is to sail, row or move down a river, or toward the sea.NWAD DROP.16

    DROP-SERENE, n. A disease of the eye; amaurosis, or blindness from a diseased retina.

    DROP-STONE, n. Spar in the shape of drops.

    DROP-WORT, n. The name of a plant, the Spiraea filipendula. The hemlock drop-wort, and the water drop-wort, are species of Oenanthe.

    DROPLET, n. A little drop.

    DROPPED, pp. Let fall; distilled; laid aside; dismissed; let go; suffered to subside; sprinkled or variegated.

    DROPPING, ppr. Falling in globules; distilling; falling; laying aside; dismissing; quitting; suffering to rest or subside; variegating with ornaments like drops.

    DROPPING, n.

    1. The act of dropping; a distilling; a falling.NWAD DROPPING.3

    2. That which drops.NWAD DROPPING.4

    DROPSICAL, a. [See Dropsy.]

    1. Diseased with dropsy; hydropical; inclined to the dropsy; applied to persons.NWAD DROPSICAL.2

    2. Partaking of the nature of the dropsy; applied to disease.NWAD DROPSICAL.3

    DROPSIED, a. Diseased with dropsy.

    DROPSY, n. [L, Gr., water; the face. Formerly written hydropisy; whence by contraction, dropsy.] In medicine, an unnatural collection of water, in an part of the body, proceeding from a greater effusion of serum by the exhalant arteries, than the absorbents take up. It occurs most frequently in persons of lax habits, or in bodies debilitated by disease. The dropsy takes different names, according to the part affected; as ascites, or dropsy of the abdomen; hydrocephalus, or water in the head; anasarca, or a watery swelling over the whole body; etc.

    DROSS, n. [G.]

    1. The recrement or despumation of metals; the scum or extraneous matter of metals, thrown off in the process of melting.NWAD DROSS.2

    2. Rust; crust of metals; an incrustation formed on metals by oxydation.NWAD DROSS.3

    3. Waste matter; refuse; any worthless matter separated from the better part; impure matter.NWAD DROSS.4

    The worlds glory is but dross unclean.NWAD DROSS.5

    DROSSINESS, n. Foulness; rust; impurity; a state of being drossy.

    DROSSY, a.

    1. Like dross; pertaining to dross.NWAD DROSSY.2

    2. Full of dross; abounding with scorious or recrementitious matter; as drossy gold.NWAD DROSSY.3

    3. Worthless; foul; impure.NWAD DROSSY.4

    DROTCHEL, n. An idle wench; a sluggard. [Not in use.]

    DROUGHT. [See Drouth.]

    DROUGHTINESS, n. Drouthiness.

    DROUGHTY, a. Drouthy.

    DROUMY, a. Troubled; dirty. Chaucer has drovy.

    DROUTH, n. [See Dry. The word generally used is now, as it was written by Bacon, drouth or drowth; its regular termination is th.]

    1. Dryness; want of rain or of water; particularly, dryness of the weather, which affects the earth, and prevents the growth of plants; aridness; aridity.NWAD DROUTH.2

    2. Dryness of the throat and mouth; thirst; want of drink.NWAD DROUTH.3

    DROUTHINESS, n. A state of dryness of the weather; want of rain.

    DROUTHY, a.

    1. Dry, as the weather; arid; wanting rain.NWAD DROUTHY.2

    2. Thirsty; dry; wanting drink.NWAD DROUTHY.3

    DROVE, pret. of drive.

    DROVE, n.

    1. A collection of cattle driven; a number of animals, as oxen, sheep or swine, driven in a body. We speak of a herd of cattle, and a flock of sheep, when a number is collected; but properly a drove is a herd or flock driven. It is applicable to any species of brutes. Hence,NWAD DROVE.3

    2. Any collection of irrational animals, moving or driving forward; as a finny drove.NWAD DROVE.4

    3. A crowd of people in motion.NWAD DROVE.5

    Where droves, as at a city gate, may pass.NWAD DROVE.6

    4. A road for driving cattle. [English.]NWAD DROVE.7

    DROVER, n.

    1. One who drives cattle or sheep to market. Usually in New England, a man who makes it his business to purchase fat cattle and drive them to market.NWAD DROVER.2

    2. A boat driven by the tide.NWAD DROVER.3

    DROWN, v.t.

    1. Literally, to overwhelm in water; an appropriately, to extinguish life by immersion in water or other fluid; applied to animals; also, to suspend animation by submersion.NWAD DROWN.2

    2. To overwhelm in water; as, to drown weeds.NWAD DROWN.3

    3. To overflow; to deluge; to inundate; as, to drown land.NWAD DROWN.4

    4. To immerse; to plunge and lose; to overwhelm; as, to drown ones self in sensual pleasure.NWAD DROWN.5

    5. To overwhelm; to overpower.NWAD DROWN.6

    My private voice is drowned amid the senate.NWAD DROWN.7

    DROWN, v.i. To be suffocated in water or other fluid; to perish in water.

    Methought what pain it was to drown.NWAD DROWN.9

    DROWNED, pp. Deprived of life by immersion in a fluid; overflowed; inundated; overwhelmed.

    DROWNER, n. He or that which drowns.

    DROWNING, ppr. Destroying life by submersion in a liquid; overflowing; overwhelming.

    DROWSE, v.i. drowz.

    1. To sleep imperfectly or unsoundly; to slumber; to be heavy with sleepiness.NWAD DROWSE.2

    2. To look heavy; to be heavy or dull.NWAD DROWSE.3

    DROWSE, v.t. To make heavy with sleep; to make dull or stupid.

    DROWSIHED, n. Sleepiness.

    DROWSILY, adv.

    1. Sleepily; heavily; in a dull sleepy manner.NWAD DROWSILY.2

    2. Sluggishly; idly; slothfully; lazily.NWAD DROWSILY.3


    1. Sleepiness; heaviness with sleep; disposition to sleep.NWAD DROWSINESS.2

    2. Sluggishness; sloth; idleness; inactivity.NWAD DROWSINESS.3

    DROWSY, a.

    1. Inclined to sleep; sleepy; heavy with sleepiness; lethargic; comatose.NWAD DROWSY.2

    2. Dull; sluggish; stupid.NWAD DROWSY.3

    3. Disposing to sleep; lulling; as a drowsy couch.NWAD DROWSY.4

    DROWSY-HEADED, a. Heavy; having a sluggish disposition.

    DRUB, v.t. [G., L. Drubbing is a particular form of driving.] To beat with a stick; to thrash; to cudgel.

    The little thief had been soundly drubbed with a cudgel.NWAD DRUB.2

    DRUB, n. A blow with a stick or cudgel; a thump; a knock.

    DRUBBED, pp. Beat with a cudgel; beat soundly.

    DRUBBING, ppr. Beating with a cudgel; beating soundly.

    DRUBBING, n. A cudgeling; a sound beating.

    DRUDGE, v.i. druj. To work hard; to labor in mean offices; to labor with toil and fatigue.

    In merriment did drudge and labor.NWAD DRUDGE.2

    DRUDGE, n. One who works hard, or labors with toil and fatigue; one who labors hard in servile employments; a slave.

    DRUDGER, n.

    1. A drudge.NWAD DRUDGER.2

    2. A drudging-box. [See Dredging-box.]NWAD DRUDGER.3

    DRUDGERY, n. Hard labor; toilsome work; ignoble toil; hard work in servile occupations.

    Paradise was a place of bliss-without drudgery or sorrow.NWAD DRUDGERY.2

    DRUDGING, ppr. Laboring hard; toiling.

    DRUDGING-BOX. [See Dredging-box.]

    DRUDGINGLY, adv. With labor and fatigue; laboriously.

    DRUG, n. [See the verb, to dry.]

    1. The general name of substances used in medicine, sold by the druggist, and compounded by apothecaries and physicians; any substance, vegetable, animal or mineral, which is used in the composition or preparation of medicines. It is also applied to dyeing materials.NWAD DRUG.2

    2. Any commodity that lies on hand, or is not salable; an article of slow sale, or in no demand in market.NWAD DRUG.3

    3. A mortal drug, or a deadly drug, is poison.NWAD DRUG.4

    4. A drudge.NWAD DRUG.5

    DRUG, v.i. To prescribe or administer drugs or medicines.

    DRUG, v.t.

    1. To season with drugs or ingredients.NWAD DRUG.8

    2. To tincture with something offensive.NWAD DRUG.9

    DRUGGER, n. A druggist. [Not used.]

    DRUGGET, n. A cloth or thin stuff of wool, or of wool and thread, corded or plain, usually plain.

    DRUGGIST, n. One who deals in drugs; properly, one whose occupation is merely to but and sell drugs, without compounding or preparation. In America, the same person often carries on the business of the druggist and the apothecary.

    DRUGSTER, n. A druggist. [Not used.]

    DRUID, n. A priest or minister of religion, among the ancient Celtic nations in Gaul, Britain and Germany. The Druids possessed some knowledge of geometry, natural philosophy, etc., superintended the affairs of religion and morality, and performed the office of judges.

    DRUIDIC, DRUIDICAL, a. Pertaining to the Druids.

    DRUIDISM, n. The system of religion, philosophy and instruction taught by the druids, or their doctrines, rites and ceremonies.

    DRUM, n. [G., L.]

    1. A martial instrument of music, in form of a hollow cylinder, and covered at the ends with vellum, which is stretched or slackened at pleasure.NWAD DRUM.2

    2. In machinery, a short cylinder revolving on an axis, generally for the purpose of turning several small wheels, by means of straps passing round its periphery.NWAD DRUM.3

    3. The drum of the ear, the tympanum, or barrel of the ear; the hollow part of the ear, behind the membrane of the tympanum. The latter is a tense membrane, which closes the external passage of the ear, and receives the vibrations of the air.NWAD DRUM.4

    DRUM, v.i.

    1. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a drum.NWAD DRUM.6

    2. To beat with the fingers, as with drumsticks; to beat with a rapid succession of strokes; as, to drum on the table.NWAD DRUM.7

    3. To beat as the heart.NWAD DRUM.8

    DRUM, v.t. To expel with beat of drum.

    DRUMBLE, v.i. To drone; to be sluggish. [Not in use.]

    DRUM-FISH, n. A fish, found on the coast of North America.

    DRUMLY, a. Thick; stagnant; muddy. [Not in use.]

    DRUM-MAJOR, n. The chief or first drummer of a regiment.

    DRUM-MAKER, n. One who makes drums.

    DRUMMER, n. One whose office is to beat the drum, in military exercises and marching; one who drums.

    DRUM-STICK, n. The stick with which a drum is beaten, or shaped for the purpose of beating a drum.

    DRUNK, a. [from drunken. See Drink.]

    1. Intoxicated; inebriated; overwhelmed or overpowered by spirituous liquor; stupefied or inflamed by the action of spirit on the stomach and brain. It is brutish to be drunk.NWAD DRUNK.2

    Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess.NWAD DRUNK.3

    2. Drenched or saturated with moisture or liquor.NWAD DRUNK.4

    I will make my arrows drunk with blood. Deuteronomy 32:42.NWAD DRUNK.5

    [Note. Drunk was formerly used as the participle of drink; as, he had drunk wine. But in modern usage, drank has taken its place; and drunk is now used chiefly as an adjective.]NWAD DRUNK.6

    DRUNKARD, n. One given to ebriety or an excessive used of strong liquor; a person who habitually or frequently is drunk.

    A drunkard and a glutton shall come to poverty. Proverbs 23:21.NWAD DRUNKARD.2

    DRUNKEN, a. Drunkn. [participle of drink, but now used chiefly as an adjective, and often contracted to drunk.]

    1. Intoxicated; inebriated with strong liquor.NWAD DRUNKEN.2

    2. Given to drunkenness; as a drunken butler.NWAD DRUNKEN.3

    3. Saturated with liquor or moisture; drenched.NWAD DRUNKEN.4

    Let the earth be drunken with our blood.NWAD DRUNKEN.5

    4. Proceeding from intoxication; done in a state of drunkenness; as a drunken quarrel.NWAD DRUNKEN.6

    A drunken slaughter.NWAD DRUNKEN.7

    DRUNKENLY, adv. In a drunken manner. [Little used.]


    1. Intoxication; inebriation; a state in which a person is overwhelmed or overpowered with spirituous liquors, so that his reason is disordered, and he reels or staggers in walking. Drunkenness renders some persons stupid, others gay, others sullen, others furious.NWAD DRUNKENNESS.2

    Let us walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness.NWAD DRUNKENNESS.3

    2. Habitually ebriety or intoxication.NWAD DRUNKENNESS.4

    3. Disorder of the faculties resembling intoxication by liquors; inflammation; frenzy; rage.NWAD DRUNKENNESS.5

    Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.NWAD DRUNKENNESS.6

    DRUPE, n. [L., Gr, olives ready to fall, Gr., a tree; to fall.] In botany, a pulpy pericarp or fruit without valves, containing a nut or stone with a kernel; as the plum, cherry, apricot, peach, almond, olive, etc.


    1. Producing drupes; as drupaceous trees.NWAD DRUPACEOUS.2

    2. Pertaining to drupes; or consisting of drupes; as drupaceous fruit; drupaceous follicles.NWAD DRUPACEOUS.3

    DRUSE, n. [G., a gland, glanders.] Among miners, a cavity in a rock having its interior surface studded with crystals, or filled with water.

    DRUSY, a. s as z. Abounding with very minute crystals; as a drusy surface.

    DRY, a. [See the Verb.]

    1. Destitute of moisture; free from water or wetness; arid; not moist; as dry land; dry clothes.NWAD DRY.2

    2. Not rainy; free from rain or mist; as dry weather; a dry March or April.NWAD DRY.3

    3. Not juicy; free from juice, sap or aqueous matter; not green; as dry wood; dry stubble; dry hay; dry leaves.NWAD DRY.4

    4. Without tears; as dry eyes; dry mourning.NWAD DRY.5

    5. Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.NWAD DRY.6

    6. Thirsty; craving drink.NWAD DRY.7

    7. Barren; jejune; plain; unembellished; destitute of pathos, or of that which amuses and interests; as a dry style; a dry subject; a dry discussion.NWAD DRY.8

    8. Severe; sarcastic; wiping; as a dry remark or repartee; a dry run.NWAD DRY.9

    9. Severe; wiping; as a dry blow; a dry basting. See the verb, which signifies properly to wipe, rub, scour.NWAD DRY.10

    10. Dry goods, in commerce, cloths, stuffs, silks, laces, ribbons, etc., in distinction from groceries.NWAD DRY.11

    DRY, v.t. [G., to dry, to wipe; Gr., L. See Dry. The primary sense is to wipe, rub, scour.]

    1. To free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; originally by wiping, as to dry the eyes; to exsiccate.NWAD DRY.13

    2. To deprive of moisture by evaporation or exhalation; as, the sun dries a cloth; wind dries the earth.NWAD DRY.14

    3. To deprive of moisture by exposure to the sun or open air. We dry cloth in the sun.NWAD DRY.15

    4. To deprive of natural juice, sap or greenness; as, to dry hay or plants.NWAD DRY.16

    5. To scorch or parch with thirst; with up.NWAD DRY.17

    Their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Isaiah 5:13.NWAD DRY.18

    6. To deprive of water by draining; to drain; to exhaust; as, to dry a meadow.NWAD DRY.19

    To dry up, to deprive wholly of water.NWAD DRY.20

    DRY, v.i.

    1. To grow dry; to lose moisture; to become free from moisture or juice. The road dries fast in a clear windy day. Hay will dry sufficiently in two days.NWAD DRY.22

    2. To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; sometimes with up; as, the stream dries or dries up.NWAD DRY.23

    DRYAD, n. [L., Gr., a tree.] In mythology, a deity or nymph of the woods; a nymph supposed to preside over woods.

    DRYED, pp. of dry. [See Dried.]

    DRYER, n. He or that which dries; that which exhausts of moisture or greenness.

    DRYEYED, a. Not having tears in the eyes.

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