desiccate

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Desiccate \Des"ic*cate\ (?; 277), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Desiccated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Desiccating}.] [L. desiccatus, p. p. of desiccare to dry up; de- + siccare to dry, siccus dry. See {Sack} wine.] To dry up; to deprive or exhaust of moisture; to preserve by drying; as, to desiccate fish or fruit.

Bodies desiccated by heat or age. --Bacon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Desiccate \Des"ic*cate\, verb (used without an object) To become dry.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

desiccate

adjective

1: lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless; "a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata"; "a desiccate romance"; "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo [syn: {arid}, {desiccate}, {desiccated}]

verb

1: preserve by removing all water and liquids from; "carry dehydrated food on your camping trip" [syn: {dehydrate}, {desiccate}]

2: remove water from; "All this exercise and sweating has dehydrated me" [syn: {dehydrate}, {desiccate}]

3: lose water or moisture; "In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly" [syn: {exsiccate}, {dehydrate}, {dry up}, {desiccate}] [ant: {hydrate}]


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