Definition of moist in English:

moist

adjective

  • 1Slightly wet.

    ‘the moist, fertile soil’
    • ‘Ginseng grows in a cold and slightly moist environment.’
    • ‘In late May, the young plants should be hardened off in a cold frame for a few days before planting in a sunny spot and a fertile, moist but well-drained soil.’
    • ‘I'm getting a slightly golden loaf with a moist and firm texture, and an interesting slightly fermented taste.’
    • ‘Warm air, slightly moist, caressed her jaw line, swept back the tension from its clenched fist.’
    • ‘Again, utmost caution is in order, because the wrapping paper is very moist and likely to tear.’
    • ‘The sods were heavy and moist and had to be handled carefully or else all the work was in vain.’
    • ‘A good time to apply them is just after a bath, while the skin is still slightly moist.’
    • ‘Ten hours later, we were in Mexico, stepping off an plane into a wall of moist, hot, heavy air.’
    • ‘You can substitute regular milk for these scones; they will be slightly drier than these, however, which are nicely moist.’
    • ‘A dry, crumbly or even slightly cloddy surface with moist, fine soil at seeding depth gives the crop a good head start over the weeds.’
    • ‘Potatoes are smothered in onions and garlic and the whole thing is slightly moist, yet oven-browned.’
    • ‘They sat down on the slightly moist grass and stared out into the cloudy sky.’
    • ‘Cooked, the grains are moist and slightly stickier than long-grain rice.’
    • ‘Where the hills were burned, the soil was already moist and fertile-looking.’
    • ‘Her eyes on his retreating form, a sigh of relief escaped Callie's slightly moist lips, and she swiped at them unconsciously.’
    • ‘It was baked just right, nice and moist, with a slightly crispy outer crust.’
    • ‘We sit there for a few minutes in a moist and slightly humid (but definitely not steamy) room.’
    • ‘Ants love sandy soil so if you add plenty of humus, such as compost, you'll end up with dark, moist, friable soil and no ants.’
    • ‘This makes the cabbage tender, and the filling moist and slightly crumbly.’
    • ‘I wipe the pieces with a slightly moist, very serf sponge and then begin to apply my three coats of Velvet base color.’
    damp, dampish, steamy, humid, muggy, clammy, dank, moisture-laden, wet, wettish, rainy, drizzly, drizzling, dewy, dripping, soggy, sweaty, sticky
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    1. 1.1 (of the eyes) wet with tears.
      ‘her brother's eyes became moist’
      • ‘Her eyes were moist with tears as she quickly exited the room, slamming the door behind her.’
      • ‘Zevon declined to offer any hints about the new songs, but he said fans should not anticipate material of moist eyes or long, distant stares.’
      • ‘This is because, unlike most land animals, it does not have a tear duct to keep the eye moist and so must duck to prevent its eyes from drying out.’
      • ‘There wasn't a moist eye here when the news of Frank's passing reached us.’
      • ‘Logan glanced up his eyes full of hate and moist with unshed tears.’
      • ‘But as he looked over at her, her eyes were moist and there were tears running down her cheeks.’
      • ‘Her eyes became moist, but she fought back the tears beginning to form.’
      • ‘There was much laughter, plus more than a few moist eyes and sniffles, which were all well-deserved.’
      • ‘I scrambled to my feet, my eyes moist with unshed tears, and I ran.’
      • ‘His eyes were moist, and I wondered how long he'd been watching me cry.’
      • ‘When he finally looked at her again it was with moist eyes and a furrowed brow.’
      • ‘His words filled hearts, turned eyes moist, and made many doleful as he saluted those who were not with us any longer as they laid down their lives for the country.’
      • ‘It's one of several powerful scenes guaranteed to leave viewers with moist eyes.’
      • ‘Lifting it she looked at me, eyes red and moist, trails of tears running down her cheeks, and I felt my heart skip a beat.’
      • ‘One eye was visibly moist and journalists present wondered whether he could handle any more questions without breaking down, or openly crying.’
      • ‘She could see his face, red with emotion, eyes moist with tears that waited to be shed.’
      • ‘She waited, continued to stare at the stars, even though through her moist eyes they were no more than a blur.’
      • ‘Her nose was red and her moist eyes had swelled slightly just underneath.’
      • ‘The scene in the village as the children were about to leave was very emotional with many a moist eye on both sides.’
      • ‘Like his many other paintings of young people, the subject's eyes are moist, and in this case distinctly shadowed.’
      tearful, teary, dewy-eyed, watery, misty
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    2. 1.2 (of a climate) rainy.
      ‘exposure to the Atlantic on the west gives rise to a cool, moist climate’
      • ‘Hand picking is especially effective during moist weather conditions.’
      • ‘Our moist, or relatively moist, temperate climate is actually what underpins our biological economy and our production.’
      • ‘For one thing, the moist tropical climate works against the preservation of such delicate artwork.’
      • ‘How does one grow regionally adapted beans for moist climates?’
      • ‘She was in a moist climate, with temperature and humidity that wouldn't have allowed for this.’
      • ‘Darjeeling tea, grown at a higher altitude and in a cool, moist climate, is called the ‘champagne of teas’.’
      • ‘The temperate climate, mild and moist, has ensured the development of an abundance of plant and animal life.’
      • ‘With the onset of moist weather, spores are produced and are spread to healthy wheat plants by splashing rain.’
      • ‘Both leaf floras and paleoclimatic models imply that the Potomac Group climate was moist and subtropical.’
      • ‘Tucumán is a small but naturally fertile province, with a moist microclimate in which sugar plantations and lemon groves flourish.’
      • ‘Roof maintenance is best done during the spring, or during times of extended cool, moist weather.’
      • ‘It thrives in our moist climate and is relatively free of pests and diseases.’
      • ‘In Victoria, many of the heaviest rainfall events occur when a depression develops over the State within an existing moist airmass.’
      • ‘Anyway, if you want to spend some time in a warm, moist climate, I would recommend a trip to the Congo Basin.’
      • ‘These factors combine to produce a climate that, while moist and tropical in the summer, may bring extended periods without rain.’
      • ‘For example, a hot, moist climate might produce leaf form similar to a cooler, dry climate because heat exacerbates water stress.’
      • ‘The combination of flat land and a mild, moist climate has made the Netherlands a paradise for dairy cattle.’
      • ‘Bean rust favors cool, moist weather and is further enhanced by varieties susceptible to the pathogen's many races.’
      • ‘I would guess that the moist weather pattern that we are currently experiencing would persist for at least a week or two.’
      • ‘It was caused by a combination of unusually warm, moist weather and a down rush of cold air.’
      damp, dampish, steamy, humid, muggy, clammy, dank, moisture-laden, wet, wettish, rainy, drizzly, drizzling, dewy, dripping, soggy, sweaty, sticky
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  • 2Medicine
    Marked by a fluid discharge.

    • ‘Infrequently the treatment may produce a greenish hue on a moist wound, but this also may not reflect infection.’
    • ‘If the total radiation dose to the skin is 40 Gy or greater, the erythema phase is followed by a moist desquamation phase.’
    • ‘Although the lesion was slightly moist, no foul discharge or purulent drainage was present.’
    • ‘However, occlusive dressings should be avoided on moist lesions.’
    • ‘The gold standard in diagnosing HSV is viral culture of material at the base of a vesicle or moist erosion.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French moiste, based on Latin mucidus ‘mouldy’ (influenced by musteus ‘fresh’, from mustum: see must).

Pronunciation

moist

/mɔɪst/