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Definitions by Wordnik

  1. (verb-transitive) To dry out thoroughly.
  2. (verb-transitive) To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
  3. (verb-transitive) To make dry, dull, or lifeless.
  4. (verb-intransitive) To become dry; dry out.
  5. (adjective) Lacking spirit or animation; arid: "There was only the sun-bruised and desiccate feeling in his mind” ( J.R. Salamanca).

Examples by Wordnik

  1. But maybe don't ask too much further because it's possible that before 'freezer perpetuity', the deceased cats might have been laid out on the hood of cars on front lawn, you know, to kind of desiccate before being burying? - The Moderate Voice
  2. Specifically, that means a time when liquid water appears to have run freely around the planet, and when Mars had a magnetic field surrounding it that enabled a much thicker atmosphere to act as a shield against the ravages of the solar wind and the ultraviolet radiation that now desiccate the surface. - First Contact
  3. Windy conditions can also desiccate so erect a windbreak until they are established. - January: the to-do list
  4. The trick was to desiccate the seeds, spores and the animals first (for 3 days over silica gel) before heating them slowly at a rate of 4 °C per minute. - Survival at extreme temperatures: what is it good for?
  5. Finally, they shrink by as much as half as they desiccate naturally. - Groundwork: Beans, cute and dried


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