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dry | web |

As an acronym dry

is (computing).

As a proper noun web is

(possibly|informal|outside|attributive use) the world wide web.



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.
  • *
  • (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



    (wikipedia web)


    (en noun)
  • The silken structure a spider builds using silk secreted from the spinnerets at the caudal tip of its abdomen; a spiderweb.
  • The sunlight glistened in the dew on the web .
  • Any interconnected set of persons, places, or things, which when diagrammed resembles a spider's web.
  • * Hawthorne
  • the sombre spirit of our forefathers, who wove their web of life with hardly a single thread of rose-colour or gold
  • * Washington Irving
  • Such has been the perplexing ingenuity of commentators that it is difficult to extricate the truth from the web of conjectures.
  • Specifically , the World Wide Web (often capitalized Web).
  • Let me search the web for that.
  • (baseball) The part of a baseball mitt between the forefinger and thumb, the webbing.
  • He caught the ball in the web .
  • A latticed or woven structure.
  • The gazebo's roof was a web made of thin strips of wood.
  • * George Bancroft
  • The colonists were forbidden to manufacture any woollen, or linen, or cotton fabrics; not a web might be woven, not a shuttle thrown, on penalty of exile.
  • The interconnection between flanges in structural members, increasing the effective lever arm and so the load capacity of the member.
  • (rail transport) The thinner vertical section of a railway rail between the top (head) and bottom (foot) of the rail.
  • A fold of tissue connecting the toes of certain birds, or of other animals.
  • The series of barbs implanted on each side of the shaft of a feather, whether stiff and united together by barbules, as in ordinary feathers, or soft and separate, as in downy feathers.
  • (manufacturing) A continuous strip of material carried by rollers during processing.
  • (lithography) A long sheet of paper which is fed from a roll into a printing press, as opposed to individual sheets of paper.
  • (dated) A band of webbing used to regulate the extension of the hood of a carriage.
  • A thin metal sheet, plate, or strip, as of lead.
  • * Fairfax
  • And Christians slain roll up in webs of lead.
  • # The blade of a sword.
  • #* Fairfax
  • The sword, whereof the web was steel, / Pommel rich stone, hilt gold.
  • # The blade of a saw.
  • # The thin, sharp part of a colter.
  • # The bit of a key.
  • Derived terms

    * cobweb * spiderweb * webbed * webbing

    Proper noun

  • : the World Wide Web.
  • I found it on the web .


  • to construct or form a web
  • to cover with a web or network
  • to ensnare or entangle
  • to provide with a web
  • Anagrams

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