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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

A — 1: Ξηρός (Strong'S #3584 — Adjective — xeros — xay-ros' )

is used (a) naturally, of "dry" land,  Hebrews 11:29; or of land in general,  Matthew 23:15 , "land;" or of physical infirmity, "withered,"  Matthew 12:10;  Mark 3:3;  Luke 6:6,8;  John 5:3; (b) figuratively, in  Luke 23:31 , with reference to the spiritual "barrenness" of the Jews, in contrast to the character of the Lord. Cp.  Psalm 1:3;  Isaiah 56:3;  Ezekiel 17:24;  20:47 . See Land , Withered

A — 2: Ἄνυδρος (Strong'S #504 — Adjective — anudros — an'-oo-dros )

"waterless" (a, negative, n, euphonic, hudor, "water"), is rendered "dry" in  Matthew 12:43 , AV, and  Luke 11:24 (RV, "waterless"); "without water" in   2—Peter 2:17;  Jude 1:12 . See Water

B — 1: Ξηραίνω (Strong'S #3583 — Verb — xeraino — xay-rah'ee-no )

akin to A. 1, "to dry, dry up, make dry, wither," is translated "dried" (of physical infirmity), in  Mark 5:29; of a tree, in the AV of  Mark 11:20 (RV, "withered away"); of water, in   Revelation 16:12 . It is translated "ripe" (RV, "overripe") in  Revelation 14:15 , of a harvest (used figuratively of the gathered nations against Jerusalem at the end of this age); "pineth away," in  Mark 9:18 . See OVERRIPE, Pine Away , Ripe , Wither.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( superl.) Exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring.

(2): ( v. i.) To shrivel or wither; to lose vitality.

(3): ( superl.) Destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain.

(4): ( superl.) Of the eyes: Not shedding tears.

(5): ( a.) To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet cloth; to dry hay.

(6): ( v. i.) To evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; - said of moisture, or a liquid; - sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up.

(7): ( superl.) Characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit.

(8): ( v. i.) To grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly.

(9): ( superl.) Of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry.

(10): ( superl.) Of persons: Thirsty; needing drink.

(11): ( superl.) Free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid; not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; - said especially: (a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist.

(12): ( superl.) Of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay.

(13): ( superl.) Of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh.

King James Dictionary [3]

DRY, a. See the Verb.

1. Destitute of moisture free from water or wetness arid not moist as dry land dry clothes. 2. Not rainy free from rain or mist as dry weather a dry March or April. 3. Not juicy free from juice, sap or aqueous matter not green as dry wood dry stubble dry hay dry leaves. 4. Without tears as dry eyes dry mourning. 5. Not giving milk as, the cow is dry. 6. Thirsty craving drink. 7. Barren jejune plain unembellished destitute of pathos, or of that which amuses and interests as a dry style a dry subject a dry discussion. 8. Severe sarcastic wiping as a dry remark or repartee a dry run. 9. Severe wiping as a dry blow a dry basting. See the verb, which signifies properly to wipe, rub, scour. 10. Dry goods, in commerce, cloths, stuffs, silks, laces, ribbons, &c., in distinction from groceries.

Dry, G to dry, to wipe Gr., L. See Dry. The primary sense is to wipe, rub, scour.

1. To free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means originally by wiping, as to dry the eyes to exsiccate. 2. To deprive of moisture by evaporation or exhalation as, the sun dries a cloth wind dries the earth. 3. To deprive of moisture by exposure to the sun or open air. We dry cloth in the sun. 4. To deprive of natural juice, sap or greenness as, to dry hay or plants. 5. To scorch or parch with thirst with up.

Their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.  Isaiah 5 .

6. To deprive of water by draining to drain to exhaust as, to dry a meadow.

To dry up, to deprive wholly of water.


1. To grow dry to lose moisture to become free from moisture or juice. The road dries fast in a clear windy day. Hay will dry sufficiently in two days. 2. To evaporate wholly to be exhaled sometimes with up as, the stream dries or dries up.