wet
I. adjective (wetter; wettest) Etymology: Middle English, partly from past participle of weten to wet & partly from Old English wǣt wet; akin to Old Norse vātr wet, Old English wæter water Date: before 12th century 1. a. consisting of, containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (as water) b. of natural gas containing appreciable quantities of readily condensable hydrocarbons 2. rainy <
wet weather
>
3. still moist enough to smudge or smear <
wet paint
>
4. a. drunk 1a <
a wet driver
>
b. having or advocating a policy permitting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages <
a wet county
>
<
a wet candidate
>
5. preserved in liquid 6. employing or done by means of or in the presence of water or other liquid <
wet extraction of copper
>
7. overly sentimental 8. British a. lacking strength of character ; weak, spineless <
thought him wet and violence petrified him — William Golding
>
b. belonging to the moderate or liberal wing of the Conservative party • wetly adverbwetness noun Synonyms: wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (as paint) not yet dry <
slipped on the wet pavement
>
. damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture <
clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place
>
. dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness <
a prisoner in a cold, dank cell
>
. moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry <
treat the injury with moist heat
>
. humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air <
a hot, humid climate
>
. II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. water; also moisture, wetness 2. rainy weather ; rain 3. an advocate of a policy of permitting the sale of intoxicating liquors 4. British one who is wet III. verb (wet or wetted; wetting) Etymology: Middle English weten, from Old English wǣtan, from wǣt, adjective Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to make wet 2. to urinate in or on <
wet his pants
>
intransitive verb 1. to become wet 2. urinatewetter noun

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