To dry up
Dry Dry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drying}.] [AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See {Dry}, a.] To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet cloth; to dry hay. [1913 Webster]

{To dry up}. (a) To scorch or parch with thirst; to deprive utterly of water; to consume. [1913 Webster]

Their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. -- Is. v. 13. [1913 Webster]

The water of the sea, which formerly covered it, was in time exhaled and dried up by the sun. --Woodward. (b) To make to cease, as a stream of talk. [1913 Webster]

Their sources of revenue were dried up. -- Jowett (Thucyd. )

{To dry a cow}, or {To dry up a cow}, to cause a cow to cease secreting milk. --Tylor. [1913 Webster]


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  • To dry up a cow — Dry Dry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drying}.] [AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See {Dry}, a.] To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To sear up — Sear Sear, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Searing}.] [OE. seeren, AS. se[ a]rian. See {Sear}, a.] 1. To wither; to dry up. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To burn (the surface of) to dryness and hardness; to cauterize; to expose to a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set up — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. i. 1. To pass below the horizon; to go down; to decline; to sink out of sight; to come to an end. [1913 Webster] Ere the weary sun set in the west. Shak. [1913 Webster] Thus this century sets with little mirth, and the next… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To burn up — Burn Burn (b[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Burned} (b[^u]rnd) or {Burnt} (b[^u]rnt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Burning}.] [OE. bernen, brennen, v. t., early confused with beornen, birnen, v. i., AS. b[ae]rnan, bernan, v. t., birnan, v. i.; akin to OS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To draw up — draw draw (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To rustle up — Rustle Rus tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rustled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rustling}.] [AS. hristlan to rustle; or cf. Sw. rusta to stir, make a riot, or E. rush, v.] 1. To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To dry a cow — Dry Dry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drying}.] [AS. drygan; cf. drugian to grow dry. See {Dry}, a.] To make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry up — {v.} 1. To become dry. * /The reservoir dried up during the four month drought./ 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. * /The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office./ 3. {slang} To stop talking. Often used as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dry up — {v.} 1. To become dry. * /The reservoir dried up during the four month drought./ 2. To disappear or vanish as if by evaporating. * /The Senator s influence dried up when he was voted out of office./ 3. {slang} To stop talking. Often used as a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To kick up dust — Dust Dust (d[u^]st), n. [AS. dust; cf. LG. dust, D. duist meal dust, OD. doest, donst, and G. dunst vapor, OHG. tunist, dunist, a blowing, wind, Icel. dust dust, Dan. dyst mill dust; perh. akin to L. fumus smoke, E. fume. [root]71.] 1. Fine, dry… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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