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Dryness


DRYNESS, noun

1. Destitution of moisture; want of water or other fluid; siccity; a aridity; aridness; as the dryness of a soil; dryness of the road.

2. Want of rain; as dryness of weather.

3. Want of juice or succulence; as dryness of the bones or fibers.

4. Want of succulence or greenness; as the dryness of hay or corn.

5. Barrenness; jejuneness; want of ornament or pathos; want of that which enlivens and entertains; as the dryness of style or expression; the dryness of a subject.

6. Want of feeling or sensibility in devotion; want of ardor; as dryness of spirit.