verb (used with or without object), air-dried, air-dry·ing.

to dry by exposure to the air.


dry beyond further evaporation.

Origin of air-dry

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for air-dry

Historical Examples of air-dry

  • It has been demonstrated in practice that there is no advantage in allowing sheets to air-dry partially before smoking.

  • The thick rubber is then generally hung for a few days to air-dry before packing.

  • It has a green weight, an air-dry weight, a kiln-dry weight, and an oven-dry weight.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Long exposure to dry air takes out a large percentage of the moisture which green wood holds, and the lumber is known as air-dry.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • After this they are taken out of the pickle and hung in a shady but dry and airy place to “air-dry.”

    Home Pork Making

    A. W. Fulton

British Dictionary definitions for air-dry


verb -dries, -drying or -dried

(tr) to dry by exposure to the air
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