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sun | dry |

As an acronym dry is




Alternative forms

* (sense) (capitalized) Sun

Proper noun

  • The star that the Earth revolves around and from which it receives light and warmth.The Illustrated Oxford Dictionary , Oxford University Press, 1998
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  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage='Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.}}
    Usage notes
    * The Sun is traditionally regarded as masculine.


    (en noun)
  • (astronomy) A star, especially when seen as the centre of any single solar system.
  • The light and warmth which is received from the sun.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Lambs that did frisk in the sun .
  • Something like the sun in brightness or splendor.Webster's College Dictionary , Random House, 2001
  • * Bible, Psalms lxxiv. 11
  • For the Lord God is a sun and shield.
  • * Eikon Basilike
  • I will never consent to put out the sun of sovereignity to posterity.
  • (chiefly, literary) Sunrise or sunset.
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  • *, p.184 (republished 1832):
  • *:whilst many an hunger-starved poor creature pines in the street, wants clothes to cover him, labours hard all day long, runs, rides for a trifle, fights peradventure from sun' to ' sun , sick and ill, weary, full of pain and grief, is in great distress and sorrow of heart.
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  • Derived terms

    * everything under the sun * sunbath * sunbathe * sunblock * sunburn * sun cream * sun cure * sun deck * sundial * sundown * sunflower * sunglass * sunglasses * sun god * sun hat * sun lamp * sunlight * sunly * sunny * sun protection factor * sunrise * sunscreen * sunset * sunshine * sun shower * sunspot * sunstead * sunstroke * suntan * sunup * sun visor * talk about everything under the sun


  • To expose to the warmth and radiation of the sun.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines. A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.}}
  • To warm or dry in the sunshine.
  • To be exposed to the sun.
  • To expose the eyes to the sun as part of the Bates method.
  • See also

    * aphelion * helio- * parhelion * perihelion * solar * sunn





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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) drye, drie, dri, drige, dryge, . See also (l), (l), (l).

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


  • Free from liquid or moisture.
  • * Addison
  • The weather, we agreed, was too dry for the season.
  • * Prescott
  • Not a dry eye was to be seen in the assembly.
  • (chemistry) Free of water in any state; anhydrous.
  • Thirsty; needing drink.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Give the dry fool drink.
  • (of an alcoholic beverage) Lacking sugar or low in sugar; not sweet.
  • Maintaining temperance; void or abstinent from alcoholic beverages.
  • (of a person or joke) Subtly humorous, yet without mirth.
  • * (Washington Irving)
  • He was rather a dry , shrewd kind of body.
  • (of a scientist or his laboratory) Not working with chemical or biological matter, but, rather, doing computations.
  • (masonry) Built without mortar; dry-stone.
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  • (of animals) Not giving milk.
  • Lacking interest or amusement; barren; unembellished.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • These epistles will become less dry , more susceptible of ornament.
  • (fine arts) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or lacking delicate contours and soft transitions of colour.
  • Synonyms
    * (free from liquid or moisture) arid, parched
    * (free from liquid or moisture) wet * (abstinent from alcohol) wet * wet
    Derived terms
    * bone dry * dry as a bone * dry as a dead dingo’s donger * dry cough * dry hole * dry ice * drily * dry run * dryly * dryness * dry spell * drywall * dry weight * like watching paint dry

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


  • To lose moisture.
  • The clothes dried on the line.
  • To remove moisture from.
  • Devin dried her eyes with a handkerchief.
  • (ambitransitive, figurative) To cease or cause to cease.
  • Their sources of income dried up.
    The stream of chatter dried up.
    Derived terms
    * drier * dryer * dry out * dry up * nondrying
    See also
    * desiccant * desiccate * desiccation