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1. Containing little or no moisture; not wet.
2. A colloquial term for dehydrated.


a state of dehydration or relative deficiency of water.

dry bench
1. that part of a radiographic dark room where film and cassettes are handled, i.e. there is no chance of film being contaminated by chemicals.
2. a slang expression for simulated research work, for reported experiments that were not actually done.
dry coat syndrome
dry eye
see keratoconjunctivitis sicca.
dry feeding
the entire ration is made up of dried stored grain or hay.
dry food
the meal or biscuit type dog and cat foods that contain approximately 10% water. Economical, easily transported and stored; in many countries, this is the most commonly used form of mass produced pet food.
dry ice
solidified carbon dioxide; in an icebox, it produces temperatures of about −76°F (−60°C).
dry lot
the livestock, usually cattle, are kept in a small area with a firm floor but no roof or walls. All food and water are brought to them. Refers usually to dairy herds. See also feedlot.
dry mash
a method of feeding poultry. Essentially a mixture of grain and supplements.
dry rales
see rale.
dry sow
pregnant sow.
dry sow house/room
area where sows are housed and fed between mating and farrowing. Called also gestation barn.

Patient discussion about dry

Q. What Causes Dry Eyes? I have been suffering from eye dryness lately, what causes this situation?

A. Dry eyes are often caused when the lacrimal gland does not produce sufficient tears to keep the entire conjunctiva and cornea, that are normally covered by a complete layer of tear film. This usually occurs in people who are otherwise healthy. Increased age is associated with decreased tearing. if it causes you real discomfort talk to a doctor.

Q. what can i do about dry eyes?

A. i suggest treating it symptomatically with visine in the meantime

Q. My contact lenses get very dry and it hurts. any suggestions?

A. Dry contact may signal they should be replaced with new ones, and pain may result from damage to the lenses (e.g. torn lens- VERY VERY hurts). However, as much as I would like to help you, it's just impossible to give you the correct diagnosis over the net without even looking at your eyes. So if you feel any problems with your eyes, ophthalmologist (eye doctor would be the answer).

Meanwhile, you may read more here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/eyewear.html

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Gauger, Dirk (1998) "Wirkmechanismen und Belastungsgrenzen von Reibpaarungen trocken laufender Kupplungen (Mechanism and maximum loads of friction couples in dryly running clutches)" VDI-Verlag, ISBN 3-18-330101-6, Dusseldorf, Germany
The tone is dryly ironic, but Vickers is right, of course.
David Henshaw dryly replied: ``Maybe we should put a blue plaque there''.
This dryly written technical paper made national headlines.
The performance is straightforward and while the reader begins rather dryly, he gets more animated as he goes along.
Some Tokyo-based commentators have noted dryly that one reliable means for a Japanese architect to get work in Japan is to he published in Western architectural and design magazines.
Hughes comments dryly, "Nazis aren't making much art right now.
The Italian Government, which wants to respect Telecom's independence as a privatised company but has never been able to swallow the prospect of another foreign-owned digital pay-TV, greeted the accord dryly.
Its cheerful patterns were quickly stifled by the static solemnity of Colder Ink, for four dancers, described dryly in a note as "pure movement invention" concerned with "texture, lines, and counterpoint.
The house is humble, the garden bare of growth Except for the tall, unkempt row of corn plants Dryly rustling along the old, battered fence.
Following the rout, Queen Victoria was said to have inquired who was second, only to be informed dryly, "Your Highness, there is no second.
EDWYN COLLINS has spoken for the first time about his illness saying dryly that he's a 'disaster area'.