Slightly wet; characterised by the presence of moisture, not dry; damp.
* 1937 , "Modernist Miracle", Time , 1 Nov 1937:
* 2011 , Dominic Streatfeild, The Guardian , 7 Jan 2011:
- Joseph Smith, a diffident, conscientious young man with moist hands and an awkward, absent-minded manner, was head gardener at Wotton Vanborough.
Of eyes: tearful, wet with tears.
* 1974 , "Mitchell and Stans: Not Guilty", Time , 6 Dec 1974:
- "The other car didn't explode," continues Shujaa. "The explosives were a bit moist . They had been stored in a place that was too humid."
Of weather, climate etc.: rainy, damp.
* 2008 , Graham Harvey, The Guardian , 8 Sep 2008:
- Eyes moist , he hugged one of his attorneys and later said: "I feel like I've been reborn."
- With its mild, moist climate, Britain is uniquely placed to grow good grass.
(obsolete) Watery, liquid, fluid.
* 1658 , Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia :
- Pituita'', or phlegm, is a cold and moist humour, begotten of the colder parts of the ''chylus […].
(medicine) Characterised by the presence of pus, mucus etc.
(colloquial) Sexually lubricated (of the vagina); sexually aroused, turned on (of a woman).
* 2008 , Marcia King-Gamble, Meet Phoenix , p. 168:
- Some being of the opinion of Thales, that water was the originall of all things, thought it most equall to submit unto the principle of putrefaction, and conclude in a moist relentment.
- He slid a finger in me, checking to make sure I was moist and ready for him.
(literary, or, archaic) To which place.
* 1918 , , Mirado Modern Classics, paperback edition, page 8
* 1885 , , Penguin Red Classics, paperback edition, page 24
- The wagon jolted on, carrying me I knew not whither .
- And with the same grave countenance he hurried through his breakfast and drove to the police station, whither the body had been carried.
* This word is unusual in modern usage; where is much more common. It is more often encountered in older works, or when used poetically.
* Do not confuse with whether'' or ''wither .