One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Moisten; make wet.
dampen, wet, damp, dew, water, soak, irrigate, humidifyView synonyms
- ‘The mercury is incorporated with the salt by humecting it with a little water.’
- ‘It is well known, that, after some days drought, on the falling of rain that humects the earth, there arises a grateful smell.’
- ‘He ran unto the river Liffey, peeled off his breeches and jumped in, humecting thus his hairy skin.’
- ‘With this preparation I continued to humect the compost every other evening.’
- ‘This mixture, humected with a sufficient quantity of water for reducing it into a thick paste, grows so hot, that the vessel containing it cannot be held in the hand.’
Late Middle English: from Latin humect-, from the verb humectare (see humectant).
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