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air-dry to allow to dry by the process of evaporation into the air rather than by the use of an appliance. [2 definitions]
blow-dry to dry or arrange (the hair) with the aid of an electrical hand-held air blower. [2 definitions]
bone-dry (informal) dry as a bone after prolonged exposure to sun and wind; very dry or thirsty.
damp-dry to dry (laundry) partially so that some moisture is retained.
drip-dry not requiring ironing if hung while wet, and usu. drying quickly, as certain fabrics or garments; wash-and-wear. [2 definitions]
dry battery a dry cell, or a battery made up of several connected dry cells.
dry cell an electric cell in which the electrolyte is in a paste, treated with an absorbent, or otherwise protected against spilling.
dry dock a basin-shaped dock that holds a ship and that can be drained or lifted to expose the ship's hull for cleaning or repairs.
dry farming a kind of farming practiced in arid regions without irrigation by growing drought-resistant crops or covering them with mulch or other substances to prevent the soil's moisture from evaporating.
dry gangrene gangrene that results from an arterial obstruction, characterized by mummification of the affected tissue but no infection.
dry goods (sometimes used with a sing. verb) textiles, textile products, and related goods for sale.
dry measure a system of units for measuring the volume of dry things such as grains or fruits.
dry nurse a woman employed to care for another's baby but not to breast-feed it. (Cf. wet nurse.)
dry rot a fungus decay of seasoned timber that causes it to become brittle and crumble into a dry powder, or the fungus causing this decay. [3 definitions]
dry run (informal) a military exercise without live ammunition. [2 definitions]
dry up to become nonexistent.
dry wall a prefabricated wall or panel made of plaster dried between paper sheets or boards; wallboard.
dry-clean to clean (garments, drapes, or the like) using chemicals other than water.
dry-cleanable combined form of dry-clean.
dry-cleaning a method of cleaning clothes that uses chemicals instead of water.