[ drahy-ing ]


  1. causing dryness:

    a drying breeze.

  2. designed to become or capable of becoming dry and hard on exposure to air.


/ ˈdraɪɪŋ /


  1. the action or process of making or becoming dry
  2. Also called (not now in technical usage)seasoning the processing of timber until it has a moisture content suitable for the purposes for which it is to be used


  1. causing dryness

    a drying wind

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Other Words From

  • non·drying adjective
  • un·drying adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of drying1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; dry, -ing 2

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Example Sentences

Alpha also wicks moisture and spreads it out for quicker drying times.

Tourmaline is a semi-precious metal and, when used as a coating, can non-electronically create additional negative ions for an even faster drying process.

Further, expensive merino base layers don’t take kindly to frequent washing and drying, meaning you only want to wear them when really necessary—not every day—or embrace body odor, which my wife tells me I’m not allowed to do.

I have such thick hair that I avoid blow-drying at all costs.

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Repeated rounds of wetting and drying could produce chains of molecules.

While the beans are cooling and drying, melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat.

If those dry counties get wet, those border stores could find their revenue drying up.

No longer on an island, the site is now left exposed to anybody willing to walk across the drying sands.

Mainly so the rest of the sorting and drying can begin when the downpours get too heavy to be out in the fields.

Why do you think the roles started drying up after Tank Girl?

This will often save the foliage from drying up, a happening which makes the plants rather unsightly.

The case should at such times be opened for a few hours each day to admit the drying air.

In any case, fresh pieces of drying paper must now be used, and on to these the fronds are placed.

After that their track turned straight west again, and it was hard to follow, for the ground was drying fast.

The flue from the engine is carried through the drying room and dries his leather.





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