One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Water or other liquid diffused in a small quantity as vapor, within a solid, or condensed on a surface.
wetness, wet, water, liquid, condensation, steam, vapour, dampness, damp, humidity, clamminess, mugginess, dankness, waterinessView synonyms
- ‘Do not apply sealant to a damp wall, as it will trap moisture in, causing further problems.’
- ‘A careful note is kept of temperatures and moisture content and the process is adjusted as necessary.’
- ‘Lions can survive for long periods without water, obtaining moisture from prey and plants.’
- ‘Two kernels per spike were collected for determination of dry weight and moisture content.’
- ‘It is likely that settlement is due to the variation in moisture content in the soil.’
- ‘This chart underestimates the amount of moisture in the upper surface of the soil.’
- ‘Is it acceptable that many inks smear with even the slightest amount of moisture or grease from the fingertips?’
- ‘Soil differences are usually related to changes in soil moisture and availability of water.’
- ‘I hauled myself out of the water and scraped excess moisture off with the blades of my hands.’
- ‘Arums will grow in sun or shade but do best in a cool leafy soil that retains moisture yet doesn't become water logged.’
- ‘The quickest and easiest way to conserve moisture in the garden is by cultivating.’
- ‘They keep for a long time, because of their low moisture content, but eventually turn powdery.’
- ‘Still there is the chance of more rain and moisture laden air on Tuesday and Wednesday.’
- ‘Place them on a plate or a towel and salt liberally to draw out excess moisture.’
- ‘As we grow older, we all lose collagen, and therefore moisture from our skin.’
- ‘Loosen the surface of the soil to allow moisture to soak in, then water well.’
- ‘Dew can give everything around you a cover of moisture, making it look as if light rain has fallen.’
- ‘As the air rises it cools and the moisture contained within it condenses into clouds and eventually it rains.’
- ‘As the place fills up, the extra moisture in the air condenses on the roof.’
- ‘In other areas, it is usually slowed by water moisture in the atmosphere.’
Late Middle English (denoting moistness): from Old French moistour, from moiste (see moist).
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