from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A substance, such as calcium oxide or silica gel, that has a high affinity for water and is used as a drying agent.
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- n. A substance (such as calcium oxide or silica gel) that is used as a drying agent because of its high affinity to water.
- adj. Causing dryness
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Drying; desiccative.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Drying; desiccating.
- n. A medicine or an application that dries the surface to which it is applied.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
From Latin dēsiccāns, dēsiccant-, present participle of dēsiccāre, to desiccate; see desiccate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)