moisten

[ moi-suhn ]
/ ˈmɔɪ sən /
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verb (used with or without object)

to make or become moist.

Nearby words

  1. moissan,
  2. moist,
  3. moist gangrene,
  4. moist rale,
  5. moist wart,
  6. moistener,
  7. moisture,
  8. moisturize,
  9. moisturizer,
  10. moit

Origin of moisten

First recorded in 1570–80; moist + -en1

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Examples from the Web for moistener

  • An old ink bottle filled with water and with some cotton stuffed in the neck serves as a moistener for the binding.

  • A moistener for postage stamps or envelopes can be easily made from a screw-top jar.

  • "I can't talk at all pretty quick if I don't git a moistener," said Fred piteously.

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British Dictionary definitions for moistener

moisten

/ (ˈmɔɪsən) /

verb

to make or become moist
Derived Formsmoistener, noun

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Word Origin and History for moistener
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