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Meaning of DESICCATE

Pronunciation:  'desu`keyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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
  2. [v]  lose water or moisture; "In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly"
  3. [v]  remove water from; "All this exercise and sweating has dehydrated me"
  4. [v]  preserve by removing all water and liquids from; "carry dehydrated food on your camping trip"

DESICCATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: arid, dehydrate, desiccated, dry up, dull
 Antonyms: hydrate
 See Also: dry, dry out, keep, preserve



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Des"ic*cate\ (?; 277), v. t. [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.
  2. \Des"ic*cate\, v. i.
    To become dry.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: To lose or cause to lose moisture.
Thesaurus Terms
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