AskDefine | Define dryness

Dictionary Definition

dryness n : the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water) [syn: waterlessness, xerotes] [ant: wetness]

User Contributed Dictionary



dry + -ness


  • a UK /ˈdɹaɪ.nəs/ /"draI.n@s/


  1. a lack of moisture
  2. the degree to which something is dry

Extensive Definition

other dry
Dryness is a property of alcoholic beverages that describes the lack of a sweet taste. This may be due to a lack of sugars, the presence of some other taste that masks sweetness, or an underabundance of simple carbohydrates that can be converted to sugar by enzymes in the mouth (amylase in particular). The term "dry" may be applied to types of beer, wine, distilled spirits, or any other form of alcoholic beverage.
dryness in German: Geschmacksangabe (Wein)
dryness in French: Sec (propriété de l'alcool)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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